Romney supporters at CPAC pitching him as the anti-Palin

posted at 8:14 pm on February 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

Do note, while HuffPo refers to “common” swipes at Palin in the halls of CPAC this year, their evidence consists of quotes from … two people. And one guy isn’t even guilty of a “swipe.” He says he likes her but simply fears she can’t win.

Even so, as I’ve argued many times before, this dynamic in the primaries is inevitable — even if she doesn’t run. Half the field will compete for the principled “true conservative” nomination (Palin, Huck, Santorum), the other half will compete for the moderate/managerial nomination (Mitt, Daniels, Huntsman), and then there’ll be a showdown. (Pawlenty and Gingrich are more or less trying to straddle the two.) Winner take all — unless he/she alienates the other camp so badly that some Republicans stay home in the general election, in which case game over. The “Palin” candidate will paint the “anti-Palin” as a squish who’ll get rolled by the left and the “anti-Palin” will paint “Palin” as incompetent and unelectable. Right? This is all old hat. But since “anti-Palin” supporters talking smack is always good for a freakout in the comments, let’s liven up the night a bit:

“Intelligence versus not-so-intelligent,” was the pitch by Ken Merritt, a Virginia-based Romney supporter with roots in Palin’s home state of Alaska. “Fluff versus not about fluff … [Palin] does a great show on TV, though.”

Swipes like these have been common during this year’s gathering of conservative activists. A no-show at CPAC for several years running, Palin has been a popular subject among the convention crowd, her absence interpreted either as an innocent scheduling conflict or, more often, evidence that she doesn’t feel the need to placate conservative voters…

“I would much rather have him than Palin,” said Bradley Gunther, a student at the University of Delaware whose college Republican group organized buses to Washington for the conference. “I think she is a good spokesperson for the conservative movement. She’s like Howard Dean for the Democrats: she gets people fired up but can’t win an election.”…

“He does go deeper into policy than any other candidate, and sometimes going deeper into policy, because he is so much more conversant, can give the perception that he’s not perfectly consistent,” Merritt said. “But what’s not to like about him? He has the experience and credentials to know what he’s doing as well as a business background and an organizational background. He is obviously the most intellectually-gifted one in the pack.”

Red State contributor Dan McLaughlin says of course Romney is the anti-Palin: Palin, after all, has principles. Mitch Daniels almost took a shot at Mitt too, goofing on his stiffness before backing off at the last moment. It’s campaign season, amigos — time to start throwing some punches. In fact, even the new head honcho of CPAC is getting into the mix, suggesting that Palin and Huckabee mustn’t be serious about running or else they’d have showed up this weekend, wouldn’t they? Zing!

For your viewing pleasure, a few minutes of Romney’s speech this morning indicting The One for helping to bring about new Hoovervilles. (Really?) Fox News pollsters asked Republican voters which potential nominees they think would make good presidents. Only Huckabee (55 percent) and Romney (54 percent) cracked majority support. Gingrich landed at 43 percent and Palin at just 40, with Jeb Bush behind her by a single point.


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Good Lord, isn’t there ONE person we can all agree with?

I say Cain.

He is black.. goes with that “ism”.
He is a sucessful businessman … and can show it.
He is conservative.. fiscally.

I wish people would stop pushing the obvious and take a look around.

upinak on February 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Romney is the only grown up in the filed. He is the only one who can win. Palin is a drama queen, who is only good for a sound bite. She can’t win, and she knows she can’t win.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Oh yeah? Well, let’s see how Mittens can beat Obama without the not-so-bright Palin supporters.

SilentWatcher on February 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

upinak on February 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

My gut tells me Cain is going to surprise a lot of people.

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM

She can’t win, and she knows she can’t win.

Hmmmmmm.

Allahpundit on February 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM

I support the Palin impostor.

toliver on February 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Maybe we should drop them both in the Alaska wilderness, tomorrow, and the one that still has their fingers and toes in three days…wins.

RBMN on February 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I don’t know that I will vote for Palin depending on if she runs and or is still in it by the time it gets to my state but this much I can say with a certainty ….anyone who starts taking shots at her will not be getting my vote

Aggie95 on February 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Romney supporters at CPAC pitching him as the anti-Palin
=========================================================

Reminds me of Meggys kind words for Michelle Bachmann!

Meghan McCain To Lawrence O’Donnell: Michelle Bachmann Is “Poor Man’s Sarah Palin”
*******************************

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/meghan-mccain-to-lawrence-odonnell-michelle-bachmann-is-poor-mans-sarah-palin/

canopfor on February 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Romney is the only grown up in the filed. He is the only one who can win.
Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

And how does he explain away RomneyCare?

Correct answer………..he can’t. He’s toast before he even starts.

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Let them all run and present their case.

Even Ron Paul and the Donald……heck fill up the whole stage with them. Let the tearing into THE AMERICAN WRECKING BALL begin ASAP!!

PappyD61 on February 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Palin/Palin Imposter ’12!

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

I like this statement:

Red State contributor Dan McLaughlin says of course Romney is the anti-Palin: Palin, after all, has principles.

“Drama queen,” huh? Then you shouldn’t get upset, poster, that I see Romney as the second greatest waffler, John Kerry being number 1. Get Mitt’s stand on something, then just like the weather, it’ll change.

TeeDee on February 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Romney is the only grown up in the filed. He is the only one who can win. Palin is a drama queen, who is only good for a sound bite. She can’t win, and she knows she can’t win.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Chudi is an intellectual infant, who is only good for trite, regurgitated comments. She can’t think for herself, and she knows she can’t think for herself.

steebo77 on February 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

And how does he explain away RomneyCare?

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

He’ll crap himself every time it comes up and hope that the smell distracts everyone.

Bold leadership FTW!!1!

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Do note, while HuffPo refers to “common” swipes at Palin in the halls of CPAC this year, their evidence consists of quotes from … two people. And one guy isn’t even guilty of a “swipe.” He says he likes her but simply fears she can’t win.

$315 million. Good buy, Aol.

amerpundit on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Correct answer………..he can’t. He’s toast before he even starts.

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I live in MA. Romneycare is way different than Obamacare. I won’t go into the debate about the Mass legislature and how they overrode his vetoes during that process.

Palin is does not have the experience of Romney, and we don’t need another empty suit in the white house.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

I live in MA. Romneycare is way different than Obamacare.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

And Romney wouldn’t even win MA in the general election.

ddrintn on February 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Fox News pollsters asked Republican voters which potential nominees they think would make good presidents. Only Huckabee (55 percent) and Romney (54 percent) cracked majority support. Gingrich landed at 43 percent and Palin at just 40, with Jeb Bush behind her by a single point.

That’ll change when the gloves come off against Mitt and Huck. They’ve had it pretty easy so far.

ddrintn on February 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Romney is only the anti-plain in the sense that the man has no core beliefs aside from the idea that what is most politically expedient is the best course of action. The man is an unprincipled, loathsome cad. To embrace him is to ignore who he truly is.

Anyone that spends even a little time researching this man and still supports him is either willfully blind or equally unprincipled.

Mormon Doc on February 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

And how does he explain away RomneyCare?

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

That’s one Scarlet Letter that’s not going away.

Kini on February 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Almost sounds like a Romney Infomercial!!(sarc)

canopfor on February 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Mike Pence!

Purple Fury on February 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

For your viewing pleasure, a few minutes of Romney’s speech this morning indicting The One for helping to bring about new Hoovervilles.

Oh, that Mitt has such a gift for rhetoric…LOL

ddrintn on February 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Correction – anti-Palin PIMF

Mormon Doc on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Palin has never accomplished anything. Maybe she should try running when her big accomplishment that she brags about “the pipeline” gets built. Which will be never.

PrezHussein on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Oh blech you Allahpundit for putting the image of Newt trying to straddle anything into my head. You bad, bad, boy…

Fortunata on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I live in MA. Romneycare is way different than Obamacare. I won’t go into the debate about the Mass legislature and how they overrode his vetoes during that process.
Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Way different? Enlighten me, I’m all ears or are you going tell us it was all the legislators fault? Is Mittens now going to play the Barry game of “Blame Bush”?

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Palin/Palin Imposter ’12!

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Kensington:Lol,I see a Perception/Deception Operation,
with a Palin decoy,driving the MSM nuts,on
the campaign trail,if Sarah runs,haha!!

canopfor on February 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

I live in MA. Romneycare is way different than Obamacare. I won’t go into the debate about the Mass legislature and how they overrode his vetoes during that process.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

I agree that the MA legislators bastardized it, but it was his baby to begin with. Once this monster is made alive, like Ocare, it will be hard to kill.

Even now, House Repubs are fumbling the ball on that version.

Kini on February 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

MSM: Don’t Mormons believe Jesus is the Devil’s brother?

Etc., etc.

profitsbeard on February 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Looks like the GOP will be running against Reagan!!!

SICK SICK SICK!!

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/02/11/obama_refers_to_himself_as_the_gipper_in_farewell_to_gibbs.html

PappyD61 on February 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

To be fair, Mitt’s concession speech, where he calls on everyone to get behind President Obama for the good of the country, will be very inspiring, and he’ll look terrific delivering it.

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Palin is does not have the experience of Romney, and we don’t need another empty suit in the white house.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Palin has more relevant experience than Romney. And her record of achievements is far more impressive. Romney did almost no governing as Governor of Massachusetts, save going along with every Democrat proposal that hit his desk. Plus, Willard has to poll test everything he says and does. He never takes principled stands. He is the empty suit. And you aren’t even a Republican, so why do you care? Thanks for your concern, troll.

steebo77 on February 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

PrezHussein on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Other than diarrhea of the mouth, what have you accomplished?

Kini on February 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

I live in MA. Romneycare is way different than Obamacare. I won’t go into the debate about the Mass legislature and how they overrode his vetoes during that process.
Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Way different? Enlighten me, I’m all ears or are you going tell us it was all the legislators fault? Is Mittens now going to play the Barry game of “Blame Bush”?

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

In any case, Romney was all smiles when he signed it, with Uncle Teddy in the house, if I’m not mistaken.

ddrintn on February 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Can’t Romney and his “fans”/supporters stand on their
own two feet? They are like infants trying to walk,
always holding onto someone.

If Romney wants to be anti someone, why not start with
Obama?

Romney supporters are getting as ridiculous as Ron Paul supporters.

Amjean on February 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Of course Mitt is the anti-palin but that means he is also the white Obama.

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:35 PM

See how mitt is the anti-palin:

Palin lets look at cutting foriegn aid.

Mitt:

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential hopeful, called for a “new course” in the battle against global terrorism in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum in Colorado. Mr. Romney urged what he described as “a new type of Marshall Plan” that would deliver economic aid, public health aid and other assistance to Islamic states struggling to resist violent extremists. He also called for the creation of a special military unit that would work with other governments to combat terrorists.

see exact opposite.

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Romney will not be President in 2013. Period. Anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional…

joejm65 on February 11, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Romney strikes me as sort of George H. W. Bush without the Reagan coattails. An electoral disaster-in-waiting.

ddrintn on February 11, 2011 at 8:37 PM

“I would much rather have him than Palin,” said Bradley Gunther, a student at the University of Delaware whose college Republican group organized buses to Washington for the conference. “I think she is a good spokesperson for the conservative movement. She’s like Howard Dean for the Democrats: she gets people fired up but can’t win an election.”…

A legit burn.

But, sadly, probably the most accurate analogy regarding Palin I’ve seen. She’s great in the role of campaigner. Candidate? No.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

hell if you look at Mitt and his positions long enough he could also be the anti-Mitt candidate. Maybe we should run him against himself. The liberal Mitt and the conservative Mitt. Mitt and minimitt.

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Palin has never accomplished anything. Maybe she should try running when her big accomplishment that she brags about “the pipeline” gets built. Which will be never.
PrezHussein on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Do your homework.

joejm65 on February 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Cain To CPAC: “You Are Not A Racist, You Are Patriots”
*********************************************************

“They call me racist too because I disagree with the president who happens to be black. Go figure. So mathematically, the only conclusion that you can draw, it ain’t about color, it’s about if you disagree with the liberal leader, then you must be a racist. No matter what color you are. I got a breaking news announcement for you: You are not a racist, you are patriots,” Herman Cain told a cheering CPAC audience.

Posted on February 11, 2011

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/02/11/cain_to_cpac_you_are_not_a_racist_you_are_patriots.html

canopfor on February 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM

But, sadly, probably the most accurate analogy regarding Palin I’ve seen. She’s great in the role of campaigner. Candidate? No.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

There is a significant difference between Palin and Dean, though. Palin isn’t a buffoon.

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Romney has enough bad policy decisions to sink him that the fact that we won’t even need to exploit his infinite character flaws to sink him. Among the so-called front runners Romney is only slightly more loathsome than upchuckabee. Talk about your wretched field of candidates in front.

I find it interesting that so many Republicans will echo the empty criticism of progressives in their attempts to attack Palin. Even worse are those who will use Mitt’s failures as evidence of his “experience” as though it trumps Palin’s shorter list of successes. I’ll take a shorter list of successes over a longer list of failures any day of the week.

Mormon Doc on February 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

What are the odds that, at an all candidates event, they can all be asked to respond to a question like……

What level would you rate your personal awareness and knowledge is of how Islam works? None? Full awareness?

Don’t ask them what they think of Islam, just their view of their own knowledge level.

Or would that be racist?

BL@KBIRD on February 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

the antiPalin.

Palin: the mandate is unconsititutional.

Mitt: hey look its rommneycare is the best…

more anti-palin

Mitt: “As an independent I am not looking to return to the Reagan Bush era.”

Palin: It is time we return to those time tested ideas of Reagan.

Yeap the anti-palin candidate.

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Looks like the GOP will be running against Reagan!!!
PappyD61 on February 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Then how appropriate it will be when they nominate a Mondale in Palin.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

And how does he explain away RomneyCare?

Correct answer………..he can’t. He’s toast before he even starts.

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Did you see T-Paw explain away Cap n Tax? He said it was a mistake and people say, uncritically, OK no biggie, he sounded sincere, let’s move on.

Apparently a few choice words can erase legacy political positions and make them vanish into thin air whenever the need arises. Throw it down the memory hole and it never happened.

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

I’ll take a shorter list of successes over a longer list of failures any day of the week.

Mormon Doc on February 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

+1

gryphon202 on February 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

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canopfor on February 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

BL@KBIRD

Here we go. Stormfront time . . .

Grow Fins on February 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

hey you know who else is the Anti-Palin candidate?

yeap Obama. socialist vs conservative.

Mitt the white Obama.

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

There is a significant difference between Palin and Dean, though. Palin isn’t a buffoon.

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Or a Democratic Socialist.

steebo77 on February 11, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Apparently a few choice words can erase legacy political positions and make them vanish into thin air whenever the need arises. Throw it down the memory hole and it never happened.

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

They think we’re stupid and will forget. They are sadly mistaken this time.

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Palin is does not have the experience of Romney, and we don’t need another empty suit in the white house.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

For once you’re right.

Sarah Palin DOES NOT have “the experience of Romney.” She’s actually a competent CEO and Mitt Romney is the very definition of failure. The most incompetent governor in the country. Look up FUBAR and you’ll see Romnney’s photo.

And don’t worry about another empty suit in the White House.

Palin will be our next President, not Romney!

gary4205 on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

There is a significant difference between Palin and Dean, though. Palin isn’t a buffoon.

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM

She is not, no.

But I’d have put better odds at Dean winning the White House in 2004, even post scream, then Palin winning in 2012.

As Allah pointed out last night, I don’t know how dire the numbers have to get for her before you Palin supporters realize that she is not even remotely the winning strategy.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Palin is does not have the experience of Romney, and we don’t need another empty suit in the white house.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Which of these things is not like the others?

Empty suit

Palin

Romney

Palin

Rom

idesign on February 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Let them all run and present their case.

PappyD61 on February 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

No! Palin must be stopped NOW, for some reason!

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Palin is does not have the experience of Romney, and we don’t need another empty suit in the white house.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Which of these things is not like the others?

Empty suit

Palin

Romney

Palin

Rom

idesign on February 11, 2011 at 8:49 PM

As Allah pointed out last night, I don’t know how dire the numbers have to get for her before you Palin supporters realize that she is not even remotely the winning strategy.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Cause we all know that Rachel Weiner and the board of trustees of Kaplan University (AKA the Washington Post editorial board) has the best interest of Republicans in mind. Nice try.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Huck = NO WAY, NO HOW PERIOD .

Still not sold on Palin, although I have to admit I’m moving in that direction.

Unfortunately, Goldwater and Reagan are not available for comment…

FloridaBill on February 11, 2011 at 8:49 PM

profitsbeard on February 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Mitt doesn’t have to worry about any aspects of Mormon doctrine he is uncomfortable with because in one interview he gave he acted like he was completely unfamiliar with the entire faith. When asked about a living prophet Romney said he didn’t think God had spoken to anyone since Moses. He sounds about as Mormon as our current President.

Mormon Doc on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Here we go. Stormfront time . . .

Grow Fins on February 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Nazis love islam.

the_nile on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

As Allah pointed out last night, I don’t know how dire the numbers have to get for her before you Palin supporters realize that she is not even remotely the winning strategy.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Cause we all know that Rachel Weiner and the board of trustees of Kaplan University (AKA the Washington Post editorial board) has the best interest of Republicans in mind. Nice try.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Or a Democratic Socialist.

steebo77 on February 11, 2011 at 8:45 PM

can we say the same about Mitt?

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Apparently a few choice words can erase legacy political positions and make them vanish into thin air whenever the need arises. Throw it down the memory hole and it never happened.

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Memory holes are useful that way.

Rewrite a few paragraphs in a book…give a speech…and all past sins are erased as if they never were.

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

They think we’re stupid and will forget. They are sadly mistaken this time.

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Yep. We are watching and what they have supported in the past speaks volumes over and above what they say after the fact. Bad policy can’t be expunged from one’s record, tho’ they might try.

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Sarah Palin DOES NOT have “the experience of Romney.” She’s actually a competent CEO and Mitt Romney is the very definition of failure. The most incompetent governor in the country. Look up FUBAR and you’ll see Romnney’s photo.
gary4205 on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

If you actually try and sell her using this nonsense, don’t be surprised to get a lot of laughs to your face.

Jesus Christ, she didn’t even finish the one term. That right there, alone, is enough for most people to tune you out if you even TRY this “no, she was a better executive than Romney” silliness.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

With regards to my health care plan, let me describe what is the ultimate conservative approach.”
2008 Republican debate at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Jan 30, 2008

Q: What should we do with all the millions of people who are not insured?

A: “Well, I actually got the job done. Working with people across the aisle, we said: Enough is enough.”
2007 Republican primary debate on Univision Dec 9, 2007

Q: Does the health care plan you left in Massachusetts, which required people to get their own insurance, amount to HillaryCare? You say it was the result of a Democratic legislature.

ROMNEY: “First of all, I’m not going to give the Democratic legislature credit for the plan that I helped build.”
2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida Oct 21, 2007

“In November 2004, nearly two years after his meeting with Stemberg, Romney was finally ready to go public with the beginnings of a plan. As it evolved, it became a proposal to achieve an end that liberals had long dreamed of”
TIme 11/2/2007

“This year, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) introduced legislation (HD 4673) to reform health care in his state and to provide health insurance for every resident.”
Health Care News 11/01/2005

“n Sunday, December 16, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romny told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert, “The plan we put together in Massachusetts I think is working in Massachusetts.…I happen to like what we did. I think it’s a good model for other states.”
Human Events
12/27/2007

“Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney re-ignited that debate last month when he announced a plan to expand health coverage to all the state’s residents, with a caveat that those who don’t buy coverage could face a penalty.

“We can’t have as a nation 40 million people — or, in my state, half a million — saying, ‘I don’t have insurance, and if I get sick, I want someone else to pay,’ ” says Romney, a Republican who says he might run for president in 2008.
USA Today 7/4/2005

“Gov. Romney demonstrated fiscal discipline, balancing successive budgets and shepherding a realistic comprehensive health care plan through a Democratic legislature after the previous Democrat sponsored one failed.”
American Thinker 1/9/2007

“Mr. Romney often promotes his health care bill in Massachusetts on the campaign trail, holding it up as a private-market-based solution to the problem of the uninsured, as opposed to “socialized medicine,” or “Hillary-care,” as he often says. But he almost never mentions the requirement that individuals buy coverage.”
New York Times 8/27/2007

“Q: A year ago, it seemed that you couldn’t wait to tell the world about your health-care experiment in Massachusetts. Since then, it’s been criticized by conservatives as something Hillary Clinton could’ve devised. You hardly mention it on your Web site. What’s changed?

A: I love it. It’s a fabulous program. I’m delighted with the fact that we worked together across the aisle, Republicans and Democrats, to find a way to get health care for all of our citizens that’s affordable and that’s portable. I helped write it and I knew it well..”
2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC May 3, 2007

“Governor Romney is an innovative and courageous leader who has taken on and solved the toughest challenges facing leaders in government and industry,” said Rath. “Whether it is curbing billions of dollars in runaway spending without raising taxes, creating a revolutionary health care reform plan or turning around failed bureaucracies or organizations, Mitt Romney has always been on the front line.”
Tom Rath, Commonwealth PAC Press Release 9/26/2006

“Beginning Beacon Hill’s long-awaited healthcare debate, Governor Mitt Romney and Senate President Robert E. Travaglini are expected to unveil competing plans today that would cut the number of people who lack coverage by encouraging insurance companies to offer more affordable policies.

The plans differ in their details, but neither Romney nor Travaglini would force employers to provide healthcare coverage to their workers, a step many healthcare specialists and advocates contend is necessary to cover the roughly 460,000 people without coverage in Massachusetts. Romney plans to file a bill today, while Travaglini will be discussing the broad outlines of his plan this morning in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.”
Boston Globe 4/6/2005

“Massachusetts residents who choose not to obtain health insurance would face tax penalties and even the garnishing of their wages under a proposal Governor Mitt Romney unveiled yesterday.

Romney says the ”individual mandate” he is proposing, part of his broader plan to cover the roughly 500,000 people who are uninsured, would not cost the state any money. But some healthcare specialists say the approach might cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than state taxpayers currently provide for government health coverage.”
Boston Globe 6/22/2005

mikkins on February 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Jesus Christ, she didn’t even finish the one term. That right there, alone, is enough for most people to tune you out if you even TRY this “no, she was a better executive than Romney” silliness.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Obama didn’t finish half-a-term as a senator. Your point?

gryphon202 on February 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Good Lord, isn’t there ONE person we can all agree with?

I say Cain.

He is black.. goes with that “ism”.
He is a sucessful businessman … and can show it.
He is conservative.. fiscally.

I wish people would stop pushing the obvious and take a look around.

upinak on February 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Uh, Cain may be OK, but he couldn’t even beat an incredibly beatable RINO in his own state. he ain’t gonna ever be President.

BTW, I have no doubt he’s a trillion times more capable than Romney, but Mitt Romney is proof positive that having business experience doesn’t mean a thing.

You have to prove yourself as a competent CEO.

Palin’s already done that 10 times over.

I HATE race, gender politics, but if you want to be stylish, and have a black man on the ticket, Allen West is the real deal. He’d make Sarah a fine Vice President. He’s proven himself to be a competent leader of men.

gary4205 on February 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Mitt the anti palin candidate.

Palin keeps her promises

Mitt flip flops on everything.

Yeap he is the anti-palin candidate…he is also John Kerry’s long lost brother but why go there…

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I’m pitching Mitt as the Anti-Nominee.

American Elephant on February 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Jesus Christ, she didn’t even finish the one term. That right there, alone, is enough for most people to tune you out if you even TRY this “no, she was a better executive than Romney” silliness.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Romney messed up his term , and was proud of it.

the_nile on February 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Well the big day is fast approaching. Do you like Orchids or Red Roses? :)

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Palin is does not have the experience of Romney, and we don’t need another empty suit in the white house.

Chudi on February 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Which of these things is not like the others?

Empty suit

Palin

Romney

Sorry for the bad post……

idesign on February 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM

she gets people fired up but can’t win an election.”…

How many elections has Romney won?

RJL on February 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Well the big day is fast approaching. Do you like Orchids or Red Roses? :)

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I’m a rose kinda gal myself. It’s the flower of my birth month!
lol :)

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I wish people would stop pushing the obvious and take a look around.

upinak on February 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Agree! One of the things about Cain is he was fiscally conservative before fiscal conservatism was cool. It’s in his bones. Here’s a clip from his CPAC speech:

Stupid People Are Ruining America

I keep fantasizing that somebody none of us has seriously considered yet – or haven’t yet considered at all – is gonna break through the stage backdrop & snatch it away from all the usual suspects.

But in the meantime, I am so grateful for all these very different people who can appeal to different voters passionately making the conservative case to the American people.

leilani on February 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

There is a significant difference between Palin and Dean, though. Palin isn’t a buffoon. inherently evil.

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Tim Zank on February 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Jesus Christ, she didn’t even finish the one term. That right there, alone, is enough for most people to tune you out if you even TRY this “no, she was a better executive than Romney” silliness.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

She did less harm than Romney did. That’s “better” by any standard.

ddrintn on February 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM

One of the many reasons that I can’t stand Romney’s people and will never vote for him.

Blake on February 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I HATE race, gender politics, but if you want to be stylish, and have a black man on the ticket, Allen West is the real deal. He’d make Sarah a fine Vice President. He’s proven himself to be a competent leader of men.

gary4205 on February 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I am totally on board for this. Palin for her domestic strengths and West for the extra national security bona fides.

Seeing what’s happening in the middle east, I think our gal will have to have someone like West to show her administration will know what’s going on and will know how to respond to the shifting sands over there.

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Jesus Christ, she didn’t even finish the one term. That right there, alone, is enough for most people to tune you out if you even TRY this “no, she was a better executive than Romney” silliness.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

December 14, 2005, Romney announced that he would not seek re-election for a second term as governor.[106][107] As chair of the Republican Governors Association, Romney traveled around the country, meeting prominent Republicans and building a national political network;[105] he spent part or all of more than 200 days out of state during 2006, preparing for his run.[108] Romney’s frequent out-of-state travel contributed towards his approval rating declining in public polls towards the end of his term

Romney left half way through his term to run for President but kept his paycheck…..can you say welfare queen? Yeap the white Obama.

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

OMG. We were both born in the same month. Is that good or bad? Are you a cancer?

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Romney is very Obama-esque in that he only goes for the throat by proxy, allowing surrogates to attack potential opponents while he strives to look presidential and above the fray.

All of this unfounded agitprop about Sarah Palin being none-too-bright and unqualified for national governance originated with the Democrats and their MSM allies, and is now being perpetuated by various blocs within the GOP who, more than anything, fear the changes her candidacy would certainly bring to the party establishment. She isn’t of them, and they hate her for it.

troyriser_gopftw on February 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

No! Palin must be stopped NOW, for some reason!

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

EXACTLY.

I don’t support Mitt or Huck or Santorum or Newt… but let them all run and let the best person with the best ideas win.

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Didn’t we just read recently Romney has lost all his big previous donors and his previous campaign workers have all fled to work for freshman Congressmen?

I wouldn’t watch one minute of a debate between Romney and Obama, it would be slaughter.

Marcus on February 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

OMG. We were both born in the same month. Is that good or bad? Are you a cancer?

Geochelone on February 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM

June 19th… so that makes me a Gemini I think. :) You?

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Mitt the anti-palin candidate

Mitt: can’t do retail politics lost in a landslide to IA. The more time he spent in IA the worse his polls got.

Palin: queen of retail politics. the more people she meets the more people love her.

Mitt the anti-aplin candidate…

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Quarter finals now starting a Fox News poll of those listed on the CPAC straw ballot:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/11/cpac-brackets-electable-gop-presidential-candidates/

technopeasant on February 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

As Allah pointed out last night, I don’t know how dire the numbers have to get for her before you Palin supporters realize that she is not even remotely the winning strategy.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Before there’s even a primary? How weird. It’s just the pucker factor from the realization that Palin can actually win the nomination. Otherwise we wouldn’t have the constant sliming and “she’s unelectable, she shouldn’t run” mantras ad nauseam.

ddrintn on February 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Romney left half way through his term to run for President but kept his paycheck…..can you say welfare queen? Yeap the white Obama.

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM

He only served 18 months longer than Palin as a governor…but no one mentions experience as a problem for him.

Almost as though the “experience” issue is wholly contrived and one sided. As is the idiotic “quitter” meme.

Funny that.

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

As Allah pointed out last night, I don’t know how dire the numbers have to get for her before you Palin supporters realize that she is not even remotely the winning strategy.

Vyce on February 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Well the biggest problem here is that no palatable alternative has risen up to take her place. It’s not Mittens, though. I’ll tell you that much.

You may find it bizarre that Palin’s supporters aren’t abandoning her, but I find it really bizarre that so many people are advocating the McCain strategy again for ’12 immediately after witnessing it fail spectacularly in ’08.

Kensington on February 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

powerpro on February 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

so all Palin supporters were june babies….

unseen on February 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Intelligence got MA Romneycare and the US Obamacare….

Caper29 on February 11, 2011 at 9:01 PM

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