Open thread: Romney announces his candidacy

posted at 12:37 pm on June 2, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The biggest question appears to be whether Sarah Palin’s bus will appear at the live announcement.  The announcement itself holds little drama; Romney has signaled for the past three years that he wants another run at the nomination.  At the moment, he leads most of the polls, although not by much, as the field has crowded together all year long.  Will he say something today that turns this event into a game changer?  Watch here and find out:

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On Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor makes his candidacy official during an appearance at a farm in Stratham, N.H.

With his good looks, able fundraising, strong political organization, solid family and business acumen, Romney sounds like a candidate ordered from central casting to run in a time of economic stress.

But to succeed where he failed four years ago, Romney, 64, will need to convince voters that behind the picture-perfect presentation lurks a human being with a passion to lead and an unshakeable set of convictions.

As the economic indicators turn sour, Romney has a better case to make than most other Republicans on the basis of his private-sector experience. Undoubtedly, that will be his message today.

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Poor Mitt’s announcement still hasn’t hit 500 comments. Have mercy people. Go say something.Anything.

katy the mean old lady on June 2, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Mandatezzzzzzzzzzz…

steebo77 on June 2, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I’ll give Mittens #500!!! GGGOOOOOOOO, Sarah Palin!!! Palin/West 2012

Minorcan Maven on June 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM

He hit a priest, but killed a fellow Mormon missionary, but I knew there was a priest and that someone was killed.
Thanks for revealing yourself as a Mitt shill!
Survivors recall tragic car crash in France with Romney at the wheel

Jenfidel on June 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM

You are representing the story inaccurately. Romney didn’t kill anyone as he was not at fault. All the eye witness accounts and the photos at the scene confirm the person in the other car struck the car Romney was driving. The driver of the other car passed a truck on the wrong side of the road doing 70 miles per hour. The speed limit in that area was much, much, lower than that.

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 12:13 AM

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Why wasn’t Mitt serving in Vietnam? Wasn’t he of fighting age?

Or was hid father George Romney “Brainwashed” into not allowing his son to fight??

portlandon on June 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 12:13 AM

So, he’s not only Ted Kennedy Republican he’s a Ted Kennedy doppelganger. OMG. How can the GOP even begin to think of running this man? The left will eat him alive in a second.

promachus on June 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM

So, he’s not only Ted Kennedy Republican he’s a Ted Kennedy doppelganger. OMG. How can the GOP even begin to think of running this man? The left will eat him alive in a second.

promachus on June 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Romney’s car accident.

It wasn’t his fault. Sad really.

portlandon on June 3, 2011 at 12:50 AM

The simple fact is he didn’t take a beating because he is a RINO, he took a beating because one, after Bush, America was tired of Republicans, and two, he was a terrible candidate, ran a horrible campaign, did stupid shit, and seemed borderline incompetent. It was going to be tough for any Republican, but McCain made it even tougher on himself. He could have been the biggest Conservative ever, and he still would have lost. A RINO can win this time around, if they don’t make the same mistakes McCain did. Not that I want a RINO, mind you, because I don’t.

xblade on June 2, 2011 at 10:35 PM

The attack by the Obama campaign was that McCain was just another Bush. The problem with McCain was that he wasn’t Bush, and spent too much time trying to defend against the accusation that he was like Bush. So all he ever did was run from the accusation that he was like Bush.

Frankly, Bush would have been a better candidate than McCain, because he at least would have defended his policies. McCain never really defended against the Obama attacks. He just tried to argue that he wasn’t Bush. But he never really said what he was.

So, contrary to your assertion, McCain did in fact lose in large part because he was a RINO that had no real conservative philosophy of his own, and couldn’t articulate either a defense of his own positions or an attack on Obama’s positions. He never really gave people a good reason to vote for him.

Conservatives win elections. RINOs just make good losers.

tom on June 3, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Jenfidel on June 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Jen, I’m going to assume you didn’t get the crash story wrong on purpose.

scotash on June 3, 2011 at 1:33 AM

He has said he will get rid of ObamaCare, a federal law, via executive order. What other laws might he undo via executive order? Does he believe the power to cancel laws extends to constitutional rights?

flyfisher on June 2, 2011 at 9:56 PM

He will use Obama’s own mandate waivers against it, it’s called fighting fire with fire.

It’s the only actionable answer to Obamacare any contender has given. The other candidates punt the ball and pretend they are going to get 60 conservatives in the Senate and use that as their answer.

scotash on June 3, 2011 at 1:42 AM

meh.

Assegai on June 3, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Mitt broke form, he should’ve waited until tomorrow to announce that he would annnounce on the 2nd…

Gohawgs on June 3, 2011 at 2:47 AM

Jen, I’m going to assume you didn’t get the crash story wrong on purpose.

scotash on June 3, 2011 at 1:33 AM

A link is posted on this thread to an actual news account of the story.
Be sure and read it.

Jenfidel on June 3, 2011 at 3:59 AM

Or was hid father George Romney “Brainwashed” into not allowing his son to fight??

portlandon on June 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM

You’ll have to ask the family. It is expected that all LDS men will serve a mission. And I am sure his father had a lot of influence over his sons beliefs.

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 6:21 AM

So, he’s not only Ted Kennedy Republican he’s a Ted Kennedy doppelganger. OMG. How can the GOP even begin to think of running this man? The left will eat him alive in a second.

promachus on June 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM

You’ll have to explain why your comment is relative to mine.

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 6:22 AM

A link is posted on this thread to an actual news account of the story.
Be sure and read it.

Jenfidel on June 3, 2011 at 3:59 AM

You did get it wrong. You said Mitt killed a person. He didn’t kill anyone. He wasn’t at fault.

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 6:23 AM

My take.

kingsjester on June 3, 2011 at 7:45 AM

So he can unmandate everyone and neuter the law until the first entrenched America hating judge stops him. Big Deal.

We will never win America back unless two thing occur first; one – attack the media head on as enemies of America and two – deal with lawmaking and polticial hack judges by impeaching them -first fast and always.

Those are the main battles -the rest is all clean up action.

This won’t ever happen with any of the entrenched pols in both parties holding power.Throw the bums out!

Don L on June 3, 2011 at 8:59 AM

You said Mitt killed a person. He didn’t kill anyone. He wasn’t at fault.

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 6:23 AM

I suppose if we ignore his previous pro-abortion positions…

Don L on June 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

I suppose if we ignore his previous pro-abortion positions…

Don L on June 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Okay. We can end the discussion of the car crash that he was not at fault for. Lets talk about abortion.

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I suppose if we ignore his previous pro-abortion positions…

Don L on June 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

You do know that when you refuse to accept his honest position on abortion you marginalize yourself, right?

You prove that there is absolutely nothing Romney can do to please you. So why should he bother with you? You are irrelevant.

Romney has no choice but to move left and go for the middle…. leaving you and your little friends off all by your little lonesomes. With your queen whose sainty is deteriorating daily.

No matter how conservative Romney actually is, you believe you will go to hell if you vote for him. So he must deal with people who are influenced by reason, and leave you in the dust.

Having a closed mind only hurts you and your causes.

petunia on June 3, 2011 at 11:52 AM

3 strikes and you’re out, Mitt:

1. You believe in man-made global warming, a devastating blow
to our energy industry
2. You believe in farm subsidies, which is anti-free market
government tinkering. Paying farmers not to produce, and
paying them with our tax dollars!
3. You still believe Romneycare, the socialized medicine in
Massachusetts was a good thing and not a dismal failure
that all measures indicate (more costly, longer waits,
fewer choices, doctors leaving the state and more)

Mark7788 on June 4, 2011 at 1:11 AM

ROMNEY=MCCAIN=ROMNEY=MCCAIN=RINO=MCCAIN=ROMNEY
Romney cannot be our nominee……….please!!
Romney is not a conservative!
Romney is not a Tea Party candidate!

Mark7788 on June 4, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Yay, Mitt! Yay, Pawlenty! Yay, Bachmann! We’ll see soon who can best put together a nationwide organization and raise money to match Obama.

None of them is going to increase the deficits. All are for cutting spending and improving the economy. All would stop cozying up to terrorists and insulting our allies. All would appoint conservatives to SCOTUS. Same with Palin, if she gets in.

Beating Obama IS the main object here, isn’t it? No Democrat should be allowed close to power again for 100 years.

Save your vitriol for the Dems.

flataffect on June 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Beating Obama IS the main object here, isn’t it? No Democrat should be allowed close to power again for 100 years.

Save your vitriol for the Dems.

flataffect on June 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Amen!!!

Given that most people aren’t really excited about the current field of candidates, they’re just happy with anyone who can defeat Barak Obama and push the Democrats out of Congress in the next election.

Conservative Samizdat on June 5, 2011 at 1:19 PM

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