Are you ready for the big Romney health-care speech?

posted at 4:15 pm on May 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

On Thursday, the healing begins.

Mitt Romney won’t be apologizing for Romneycare in his health care speech Thursday. But he will be addressing it, according to a Romney aide.

“He’ll address it, but the main focus of the speech will be what his plans will be going forward,” the aide tells National Review Online…

“What will be clear is that number one, he’s got the same position as every other 2012er when it comes to the repeal of Obamacare,” the aide says. “Secondly, he’ll be the first of those candidates to lay out his plan for replacing Obamacare with reforms that will lower costs, and put the states back in the driver’s seat.”

In other words, he’ll formally acknowledge the elephant in the room so that it doesn’t look like he’s hiding from it and then he’ll try to take it down by firing at it with a double-barrel. Barrel one is the federalism argument, seeking to excuse Massachusetts’ increasingly disastrous experiment on grounds that the states, unlike the feds, need a wide berth in tinkering with policy. (Nikki Haley, whom Romney backed during the South Carolina gubernatorial primary, is trying to help him out with that.) And barrel two is his own proposal for a national health-care program to replace Obama’s, the broad outlines of which you can review here. Federalism, again, figures prominently. Chris Cillizza wonders if this will be his equivalent of Obama’s race speech during the 2008 campaign, in which The One defused a political time bomb by addressing a touchy subject directly. Answer: Why … no, of course not. The race speech was simply O signalling to the media that he’d now “dealt with” the issue of Rev. Wright and it was time for the news cycle to officially MoveOn. Everyone on the left who wasn’t a Hillary supporter was happy to oblige him and Hillary herself didn’t want to dwell on it lest she face even more accusations of playing racial politics, and so (notwithstanding Wright’s surreal performance at the National Press Club shortly thereafter) the issue faded. Not so with Romney on the right; he’s going to be clubbed over the head on health care for the duration of the primaries, with Thursday’s speech sure to provide plenty of new material to club him with. Pawlenty’s already been working to set up a contrast with him by apologizing for his own prior support for cap and trade. Anyone think this speech, lacking any mea culpa, will blunt the force of those coming attacks?

The speech would help him solve his problem if his problem was fundamentally about health-care policy. It isn’t. His problem, especially among the base, is that people don’t trust his judgment more broadly, from RomneyCare to his reversal on abortion to his support for TARP and so forth. Realistically, is there anything he could say on Thursday to undo that skepticism among conservatives? Even if he turned around and issued a groveling apology for RomneyCare, it wouldn’t help. All it would do is signal that (a) even he recognizes that his judgment is poor and (b) he doesn’t have enough spine to defend a a dubious decision when it’s under withering attack. By not apologizing, at least he doesn’t have to worry about that second part. But even if the speech does buy him some goodwill, Romney has the same problem with RomneyCare that Obama has with the economy: There’s always a chance that it’ll deteriorate at some point over the next 18 months and throw his campaign into a tailspin. This item yesterday about growing wait times to see a doctor in Massachusetts was widely linked in the blogosphere; imagine something like that dropping a week before the New Hampshire primary or even in October of next year if Romney’s the nominee and working 24/7 to boost grassroots turnout on election day. There’s simply no escaping this issue, even if Thursday’s speech is a home run. And even a home run will start to look like a single if RomneyCare continues to encounter problems, which seems likely. There’s no way out.


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Palin should announce 5 minutes after he finishes.

darwin on May 10, 2011 at 4:17 PM

What could go wrong?

Warn us next time, AP. Now, where did I put that Windex?

kingsjester on May 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

This man sure knows how to wallow in failure.

How is it anyone with a pulse and a working brain takes this nutter seriously.

Ron Paul is saner than Romney!

gary4205 on May 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Secondly, he’ll be the first of those candidates to lay out his plan for replacing Obamacare with reforms that will lower costs, and put the states back in the driver’s seat

No. You still don’t get it. Just repeal the damn thing and stop the nanny state BS. Enough with the nuance. What is it with these politicians from MA?

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Nearly Nobody on May 10, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Wow, nice threadjack. I hope for your sake AP is in a good mood.

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Realistically, is there anything he could say on Thursday to undo that skepticism among conservatives?

In a word, No.

search4truth on May 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

There’s simply no escaping this issue, even if Thursday’s speech is a home run. And even a home run will start to look like a single if RomneyCare continues to encounter problems, which seems likely. There’s no way out.

There was an opportunity to escape this issue, or at least reduce the damage it inflicted upon his candidacy. That was a little over a year ago after the Dems rammed Obamacare down our throats. And the same journalist who questioned T-Paw about crap-and-betrayed the other night, Chris Wallace, was the one who interview Mittens back then. The difference is Romney wouldn’t admit he was wrong whereas Pawlenty copped to screwing up bigtime.

Doughboy on May 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

his own proposal for a national health-care program to replace Obama’s

No, no, and a big friggin’ hell no ……. what part of no government health care take overs does this guy not understand ???

Jerome Horwitz on May 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

YESSSS!!!!!

Keef Overbite on May 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Here’s what he has to say-
” We thought the idea had merit and as time has gone on it has none whatsoever. It was a big mistake on my part and one that I will not repeat again. In fact elect me and I will make amends by ending Obamacare as the example of a lesson learned.”

jjshaka on May 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I’d take T-Paw over Romney any day. I’d rather have someone who was wrong about cap-n-trade, which is easy to reverse, than someone who was wrong about entitlement spending, which isn’t. Plus T-Paw actually admits he was wrong.

Caiwyn on May 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Jerome Horwitz on May 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Evidently, all of it.

kingsjester on May 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Nearly Nobody on May 10, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Nice. Now how about paying attention and posting on the topic at hand not something resolved – finally – over a week ago.

Let me guess: You’re still “Just asking questions”, right?

catmman on May 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

What is it with these politicians from MA?

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

The simple answer is that even if they won’t admit it…they have varying degrees of socialist leanings.

search4truth on May 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Romney 2012 assures us of Jeb 2016!!

No thanks Poppy B!

PappyD61 on May 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Has he even officially announced yet?

catmman on May 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

This is make-or-break for Mitt.

Oink on May 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Realistically, is there anything he could say on Thursday to undo that skepticism among conservatives?

Other than, “I will not seek the nomination for President”?

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Has he even officially announced yet?

catmman on May 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

He’s in the “exploratory” phase.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

LeBron James: The Decision

Mitt Romney: The Flip Flop

portlandon on May 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Anyone think this speech, lacking any mea culpa, will blunt the force of those coming attacks?

No. Like many people I’m tired of being used and manipulated by self-serving politicians. I refuse along with millions of other people to be used as a lab rat for their schemes.

Romney, if he’s so smart, and Pawlenty, if he’s so adept, should have shown better judgement. Or, how about a little common sense? It’s a rare commodity in politics to be sure, but that’s what I’m looking for. Both of these guys failed in judgement on huge issues. Not to be trusted again.

Cody1991 on May 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

This is the GOP front runner folks. The establishment wants him to win because it gives them cover not to roll back entitlements.

The Washington cowards want their yes man.

William Amos on May 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

There was an opportunity to escape this issue, or at least reduce the damage it inflicted upon his candidacy.
Doughboy on May 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Yup, I always supported the idea that each state had an obligation to experiment with whatever policy the states decided to address. Having failed in MA. the best thing for him to do would have been to renounce that failure in the 2008 campaign. More than a year late in my opinion.

fourdeucer on May 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Realistically, is there anything he could say on Thursday to undo that skepticism among conservatives?

Nyet.

angryed on May 10, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Anyone think this speech, lacking any mea culpa, will blunt the force of those coming attacks?

Without a mea culpa, no. Not being a fan of his, I have at least said (often) that I’d be willing to listen and give him a chance if he renounced RomneyCare a long time ago. But after continuing to quadruple-down on it, I really don’t see a way out of it.

And you’re right, AP, apologizing now would be considered “too little, too late, too flip-floppy.”

There’s no way out.

I’m afraid you’re right there, too.

DrAllecon on May 10, 2011 at 4:32 PM

A system where working people pay higher insurance rates and are stuck with craptastic medical clinics that care more about paperwork than actually treating people. Where nurse practitioners replace doctors and wreck havoc. Where illegal immigrants use emergency rooms like personalized medical resources, while ignoring free clinics set up for them…..and it’s all on the taxpayer’s dime.

A system where the taxpayer gets it from both ends and the illegals are above the law and getting free medical care.

Hening on May 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

About a month ago I heard an interview he did with Larry Kudlow. Kudlow asked him 3 times “are you sorry you signed RomneyCare”. Each of the 3 times he answered no.

All I needed to hear to make up my mind about him.

angryed on May 10, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Realistically, is there anything he could say on Thursday to undo that skepticism among conservatives?

I think this is good. We can immediately attack his new replacement socialist Romneycare (New and Improved!) and convince Mittens to stay on the sidelines, cuz we ain’t buyin’ what he’s sellin’.

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

This is the GOP front runner folks. The establishment wants him to win because it gives them cover not to roll back entitlements.

William Amos on May 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

That’s exactly it …… here’s how it will go: Hey, I messed up in MA, but I got a better plan than Obama, because, let’s face it ….. socialism is here to stay, and I’m just the man to ease it on in, not ram it down your throats like those mean democrats …… so you just might as well lay back, and enjoy it …… it’s gonna be swell, I promise !!

Jerome Horwitz on May 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Anyone think this speech, lacking any mea culpa, will blunt the force of those coming attacks?

Not at all.

BuckeyeSam on May 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Will he be showing up in his pickup truck? You know, to show that he’s one of us?

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Obamacare is a stupid idea at the federal level. Romneycare is a stupid idea at the state level, and the results are speaking for themselves.

Can Obama give a speech that would make you support him? What if he said sorry?

Can Romney give a speech that would make you support him? What if he said sorry?

I don’t care if Romney says he learned his lesson. What I want is someone who isn’t stupid enough to believe these sorts of solutions ever work.

sharrukin on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

After the speech be ready for Rich Lowery and the rest of the National Review Fanboys to be fawning over it for the next 3 months.

Be ready for: “Mitt has settled the RomneyCare issue. It is finished.”

portlandon on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Will he be showing up in his pickup truck? You know, to show that he’s one of us?

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Dressed in the appropriate attire too.
Ya know, flannel shirt, open collar, no tie…..oh yea, and in his “mom jeans”.

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Be ready for: “Mitt has settled the RomneyCare issue. It is finished.”

portlandon on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Well at least until Palin jumps in, and reminds everybody that it “isn’t finished”.

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I knew AP’s subtitle “What could go wrong” before I even check @ HA and I was right…..lol!!!!

And I’m sure the “Purity Police” will be in full snark mode for 99.9% of the posts here (.9% is my snark for calling out the snark)

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:42 PM

After the speech be ready for Rich Lowery and the rest of the National Review Fanboys to be fawning over it for the next 3 months.

Be ready for: “Mitt has settled the RomneyCare issue. It is finished.”

portlandon on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Jennifer Rubin will be leading the soprano section in the chorus.

steebo77 on May 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I, for one, would like to wait until I hear Meredith’s take on it before I decide how I feel about it.

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

His speech in his religion was masterful.

Anything short of an apology here is a waste of time.

Valiant on May 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Candidacy over before it even begins….

Mitt, didn’t you hear, Mitchy the Wuss, The Blowhard, and Obama’s Ambassador are the new establishment picks?

davek70 on May 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

ennifer Rubin will be leading the soprano section in the chorus.

steebo77 on May 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

ha ha!

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

No thanks. Romney = Obama Lite™

OhioCoastie on May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

“There’s no way out.”

Romney has been beaten up over this issue for months and months, yet still ties or beats the rest of the field in all polls?

Why, because most people realize he tried to help sick uninsured people and can’t be labeled in a general election as a Republican that only cares about wealthy, healthy people that’s why.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Guffaw!!!

KMC1 on May 10, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I still have the gut feeling that Romney will maneuver his way into the nomination due to his 3 years’ worth of hyped up “frontrunner” status, but he’s Dem Lite and the Dem ads against him write themselves. He’ll be squashed in the general.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Why, because most people realize he tried to help sick uninsured people and can’t be labeled in a general election as a Republican that only cares about wealthy, healthy people that’s why.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Does your last name, by any chance, happen to be Crow?

steebo77 on May 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Just ask ole Mittens how that long wait for a doctor’s appointment is workin’ out for the little people……

search4truth on May 10, 2011 at 4:54 PM

“He’ll be squashed in the general.”

Based on your crystal ball no doubt.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:54 PM

And even a home run will start to look like a single if RomneyCare continues to encounter problems, which seems likely. There’s no way out.

Allah, why are you such a defeatist? If anyone can turn this lemon into lemonade its Mitt!!!

CTSherman on May 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM

We cannot run this man as our candidate.

steebo77 on May 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM

He’s still a government-is-the-solution type Republican. Even after Romneycare. Government would grow under him.

Dongemaharu on May 10, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Why, because most people realize he tried to help sick uninsured people and can’t be labeled in a general election as a Republican that only cares about wealthy, healthy people that’s why.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Does your last name, by any chance, happen to be Crow?

steebo77 on May 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Keep her off your upholstered furniture.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I, for one, would like to wait until I hear Meredith’s take on it before I decide how I feel about it.

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Me too …. she’s almost got me convinced about my support for Palin. A few more psychotic rants rational comments, and Palin’s history for me !!

Jerome Horwitz on May 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Don’t plan to watch it.

Blake on May 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

There’s no “there” there with this guy.

Ann Coulter: “I’m afraid we’ll get Romney which means we’ll lose.”

Marcus on May 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Romney is deuce.

keepinitreal on May 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

“He’ll be squashed in the general.”

Based on your crystal ball no doubt.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Yep.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

“There’s no way out.”

Romney has been beaten up over this issue for months and months, yet still ties or beats the rest of the field in all polls?

Why, because most people realize he tried to help sick uninsured people and can’t be labeled in a general election as a Republican that only cares about wealthy, healthy people that’s why.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

No, it’s because the electorate hasn’t been educated yet on what Mittens’ record is. Same with Huckster. Give the drive-bys a week and his poll numbers will be as bad as Trump’s.

Doughboy on May 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM

He’ll be squashed in the general.”

Based on your crystal ball no doubt.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:54 PM
Yep.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Well based on my crystal ball he’s the only one that can win against Obama.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM

There’s no way out.

Duh.

Tim_CA on May 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Allah – great post. As you point out, the problems with Romney’s candidacy go way beyond Romneycare for most conservatives. I daresay he has more old baggage than any other potential candidate with his flip-flops, lackluster presence in any of the pressing national debates in the years since 2008, his support of TARP, Romneycare, as well as his annoying habit of always weighing in on an issue once he determines his stance is safe–yet always way too late to buy him any gravitas on it. He only ends up looking like a wimp.

KickandSwimMom on May 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Well based on my crystal ball he’s the only one that can win against Obama.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM

LOL…we’ll see, won’t we?

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Meh- I’ll give him a fair hearing about his health care proposal. Heck, maybe it’ll be good on it’s merits and worth looking into as an Obamacare replacement.

I still remain skeptical about Romney, and I doubt he’ll be my first choice for the nominee… but anyone who suggests that he’d be just as bad as Obama hasn’t been paying attention to how terrible a president Obama is.

What really bugged me last go-round was the pandering. He tried to portray himself as the uber-fiscal conservative in the race, yet when campaigning in IA he supported ag subsidies, in MI proposed taxpayer “investment” in the auto industry, and in FL advocated increasing Social Security payments without saying how he’d pay for it. I’m sure there are other examples I’m overlooking.

Hollowpoint on May 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Why, because most people realize he tried to help sick uninsured people and can’t be labeled in a general election as a Republican that only cares about wealthy, healthy people that’s why.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Did you hit your head or something?

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 5:03 PM

No, it’s because the electorate hasn’t been educated yet on what Mittens’ record is. Same with Huckster. Give the drive-bys a week and his poll numbers will be as bad as Trump’s.

Doughboy on May 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Oh please, almost everytime Mitt’s name is mentioned so is healthcare; this is bad logic on your part.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Well based on my crystal ball he’s the only one that can win against Obama.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM
LOL…we’ll see, won’t we?

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

LOL….wow how long did it take for you to figure that one out….lol!!!

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I’ll listen. We have to choose someone. But he needs to explain how electing him isn’t giving up on repealing Obamacare.

I also think everyone is tired of the cast of 2008.

It seems like we are rehasing all the same things over and over and we never get anywhere.

Maybe Romney has something new. I doubt it.

But in a set of candidates where Mitt Romney is the most charismatic of the qualified candidates we are sort of in trouble here.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Oh please, almost everytime Mitt’s name is mentioned so is healthcare; this is bad logic on your part.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Yeah, along with “frontrunner”. The guy’s not been picked apart yet.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

But in a set of candidates where Mitt Romney is the most charismatic of the qualified candidates we are sort of in trouble here.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

What? “Qualified” meaning what? Ivy League-educated?

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:06 PM

“Anyone think this speech, lacking any mea culpa, will blunt the force of those coming attacks?”

Not with me. I agree with Romney’s argument, which you summarize with,

“Barrel one is the federalism argument, seeking to excuse Massachusetts’ increasingly disastrous experiment on grounds that the states, unlike the feds, need a wide berth in tinkering with policy.”

What I will not forgive is that Romney, whose one great salable asset is his business acumen, actually went along with this this disaster of a healthcare business proposition.

Either his supposed business expertise failed him, which scotches his only argument for being nominated, or he has a major character flaw which allows others to foist experimental governmental disasters on people against his better business judgment.

Neither is amenable to me in a Republican presidential nominee.

Dusty on May 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

No, it’s because the electorate hasn’t been educated yet on what Mittens’ record is. Same with Huckster. Give the drive-bys a week and his poll numbers will be as bad as Trump’s.

Doughboy on May 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM

To be fair, their records are about the same now as they were in 2008 yet they were roughly tied for 2nd place behind McCain (for better or worse).

Besides, Mitt’s hair is worth 5 points alone. No, I’m not joking- I really do believe that voters are that fickle.

Hollowpoint on May 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Yeah, along with “frontrunner”. The guy’s not been picked apart yet.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I guess you never read Hot Air articles about Romney?!?!

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

The Real Romney?

steebo77 on May 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

LOL….wow how long did it take for you to figure that one out….lol!!!

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Quicker than you, apparently. You’re the one who wanted to debate the point.

Romney will never be elected president. Get over it. He’s one of several McCain IIs in the field.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Yeah, along with “frontrunner”. The guy’s not been picked apart yet.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Doesn’t that tell ya something?

MSM/Obama want him to run and Obama will kill him.

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Oh please, almost everytime Mitt’s name is mentioned so is healthcare; this is bad logic on your part.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:03 PM

RomneyCare was Mitt’s proudest accomplishments and one of his biggest as Governor.

It’s only fair that they tied together forever.

portlandon on May 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I guess you never read Hot Air articles about Romney?!?!

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Awwwww. Poor widdle ol’ Romney gets picked apart all the time. Give me a break.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

My only question is how many “5 hour energy” drinks should I plan on getting to enable me to stay awake through this speech?

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

You know, this is a speech like Bush would have wanted to give if he wasn’t worried about pissing off his own base too much.

Mark1971 on May 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Hey, let Mitt justify RomneyCare with his tired “federalist” excuse. “Witchcraft at the state level doth not a national warlock make!”
Anyhow, let him go and get it over with so we can scratch him early.

cartooner on May 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I wonder if Mitt will talk about why he raised gas taxes on wholsellers while Gov of Ma since gas is now 44.00/gal I think we should know why he did that…

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

My only question is how many “5 hour energy” drinks should I plan on getting to enable me to stay awake through this speech?

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

You’d better have it injected directly. Maybe with a drip and done intravenously.

portlandon on May 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Okay… a moderate can’t win against Obama, but a polarizing right winger can?

You do know that is fantasyland right?

Where in the world has this myth come from that we can only win with a far right candidate? That is just something that you people need to get out of your heads. It is a fairytale.

If Obama is damaged enough by the election someone more right-wing might squeak by. But our best chance always will be in the middle.

Pretending otherwise is just wishful thinking… you wish all the moderates, who decided all elections, will suddenly wake up and see the world the way you see it.

That will not happen. Moderates are moderates they do not vote for far right and were only fooled into voting for Obama because he pretended.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

My only question is how many “5 hour energy” drinks should I plan on getting to enable me to stay awake through this speech?

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Oh, he’ll wake you up when he gets into that loud, inspirational “..and I mean NO APOLOGIES!!!!” line.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Besides, Mitt’s hair is worth 5 points alone. No, I’m not joking- I really do believe that voters are that fickle.

Hollowpoint on May 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Sad but true, though I would say stupid rather than fickle.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Will there be a cliff note version of the speech. I really got more important things to do thurs like clean out the gutters.

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Awwwww. Poor widdle ol’ Romney gets picked apart all the time. Give me a break.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Careful. Sheryl get angry when you rag on Romney. He reminds her of the professional class intellectuals she works with. Or something.

portlandon on May 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

You know, this is a speech like Bush would have wanted to give if he wasn’t worried about pissing off his own base too much.

Mark1971 on May 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Ooops. Meant that to go in the immigration thread.

Mark1971 on May 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Okay… a moderate can’t win against Obama, but a polarizing right winger can?

You do know that is fantasyland right?

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

LOL…if a candidate isn’t “polarizing”, that would mean they’re pretty much the same as Obama which means people will go with the devil they know. I’m sick of that “too polarizing” junk. Any successful candidate is going to be polarizing.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Awwwww. Poor widdle ol’ Romney gets picked apart all the time. Give me a break.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

No, I think it’s good that Romney is and has been challenged hard on this issue….it’s all good. It just makes him a stronger candidate to go against Obama (who really, really doesn’t want to run against Mitt, why do you think that is?)

Romney will never be elected president. Get over it. He’s one of several McCain IIs in the field.

What because you say he won’t that means he won’t. Get over yourself.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

What? “Qualified” meaning what? Ivy League-educated?

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:06 PM

You know a resume of business and government… I am on record as to what I believe is qualified… I am tired of repeating it.

Of the unqualified possibilities… Palin is probably the best. But I hope it will not come to that. So sue me.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

No, I think it’s good that Romney is and has been challenged hard on this issue….it’s all good. It just makes him a stronger candidate to go against Obama (who really, really doesn’t want to run against Mitt, why do you think that is?)

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Oh, I’m sure Mitt keeps Obama in a cold sweat. LOL Obama’s chomping at the bit to go against Romney.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Any successful candidate is going to be polarizing.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

ROFLMAO!!! What a losing strategy (mindset) this one is…..hey get a clue….Obama ran as a moderate. He wasn’t polarizing until he became POTUS.

sheryl on May 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Sorry Allah, you got yourself so twisted up against Romney that its starting to unravel on you.

The wait time are no greater than they were before Romney signed the health insurance bill.

His speech will not signal poor judgment, just the opposite.

And while Obama cannot distance himself from a declining economy because he is current president, Romney is already a great distance from his plan because a democrat governor implemented it and not in a good way. He has demonstrated spine in standing by it when you relish the moment he disavows it so you can label him an ingenuous politician.

Now I am among the base and contrary to your claim do trust Romney’s judgment implicitly. He is a data cruncher, a student of details, numbers show him the right way forward. He is a brilliant leader. The “skepticism” you claim is held by all conservatives is a myth.

I’d say, Allah, you got so much wrong with this opinion, it harms your reputation. Your base will not be able to trust your judgment. I think you need a home run more than Romney.

Lori on May 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Where in the world has this myth come from that we can only win with a far right candidate? That is just something that you people need to get out of your heads. It is a fairytale.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

McCain moderate lost
Bush the 2nd….he ran as a conservative won twice
Dole moderate lost
bush the 1st ran first as a reagan conservative won big, ran as a moderate lost to a hillbilly from Ark.
Reagan ran as a conservative two record landslides
Ford ran as a moderate lost
Nixion ran as a conservative won 2 terms

hmmm I have no idea where the “myth” come from….

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

You know a resume of business and government… I am on record as to what I believe is qualified… I am tired of repeating it.

Of the unqualified possibilities… Palin is probably the best. But I hope it will not come to that. So sue me.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Romney’s unqualified. He has no ideological bedrock. So sue me.

pseudoforce on May 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

My only question is how many “5 hour energy” drinks should I plan on getting to enable me to stay awake through this speech?

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Who knows? Maybe the Notorious M.I.T.(T.) will liven it up with some street slang. Or by telling a few “original” jokes.

steebo77 on May 10, 2011 at 5:19 PM

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