Romney joins the ranks of those opposed to debt limit deal

posted at 3:20 pm on August 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Prior to today, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn’t have much to say about the ongoing debt limit negotiations. After the president’s prime time speech last week, he tweeted about President Barack Obama’s “historic leadership failure.” And after House Speaker John Boehner revealed his first compromise plan, Romney was briefly rumored to support it (but he never whole-heartedly issued his approbation). Today, Romney definitively ended his tight-lipped approach:

After days of refusing to take a position on the high-stakes budget talks, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney came out on Monday against a last-minute deal to avoid a potentially economy-rattling government default.

Romney’s move allows him to continue to draw a stark contrast between his approach and President Obama’s economic stewardship, and it puts it him in line with the most conservative wing of his party. Without any public appearances on his schedule this week, Romney can avoid hard questions about the potential cons[e]quences of the plan’s failure.

“As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped, and balanced — not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table,” Romney said in a statement. “President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour and 59th minute. While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal.”

Perhaps the statement lacks the credibility it would have carried had he been a long-time and vocal supporter of Cut, Cap and Balance, but I’m still pleased to see the ostensible GOP frontrunner (more on that later) tack to the right on this. Maybe he’s merely adhering to the time-tested strategy of pandering to the base in a primary, but it’s still encouraging, especially because he specifically cited the two most truly objectionable aspects of the new deal as the reasons for his opposition, which puts him on the record against tax hikes in the special commission’s recommendations. Either (a) he really means what he says and thinks a more forward-thinking, long-term approach like Cut, Cap and Balance would be better than the milquetoast deal the president and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell mustered at the last-minute or (b) he’s begun to feel the heat from his relentlessly conservative competitors in the GOP primary and recognizes that he’s going to have to pump up his conservative credentials if he wants to win the race. Certainly, with this position, Romney join the ranks of some solid organizations and individuals. (Among the groups opposing the latest iteration of a debt limit deal is my personal favorite, Heritage Action, which key-voted the ironically-titled Budget Control Act of 2012.)

The positions of the other GOP candidates were mostly predictable, but praiseworthy.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) remained steadfast in her opposition to any kind of debt ceiling increase. “Somebody has to say ‘no,’” she said in a statement. “I will.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s spokesman Alex Conant said the deal was nothing to celebrate. “Only in Washington would the political class think it’s a victory when the government narrowly avoids default, agrees to go further into debt, and does little to reform a spending system that cannot be sustained,” Conant said.

The only candidate to approve of the deal was former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

 


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Thanks for nothing, coward.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Mitt “After-the-fact” Romney.

antisocial on August 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM

He better wear a cup to the debates. Especially if Sarah declares.

meci on August 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

After months of saying nothing, the “conservative” version of the Mittster shows up today. Which one will show up tomorrow?

DB9 on August 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Thanks for nothing, coward.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM

What would have changed had he spoken up?

Nothing. You calling him a “coward” is a bit much.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Hindsight is 20/20.

He’s talking about failed leadership from Obama, when he was doing the same exact thing. Sitting on the sidelines.

A real leader would be out front leading, saying what needs to be done. Not sitting back criticizing after the fact.

ButterflyDragon on August 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM

He better wear a cup to the debates. Especially if Sarah declares.

meci on August 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

she would quit the debate after 42 minutes. not a threat.

hanzblinx on August 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Thanks for nothing, coward.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM

What would have changed had he spoken up?

Nothing. You calling him a “coward” is a bit much.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

It’s not a bit much – he always waits to voice his opinion after the deal is done. Thus, he is a coward.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Hi Guys! Look at me! I like hobbits! I drive a truck too!

El_Terrible on August 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

He better wear a cup to the debates. Especially if Sarah declares.

meci on August 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Yeah, I’m sure Mitt’s terrified of Sarah. Right…

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but Mitt’s ads have been absolutely ruthless in attacking on Obama on jobs. He’s on message and he’s in top form. You don’t have to like him, but that’s the truth.

Btw, I’d expect Perry to take the lead down the line if he does indeed declare. But I’d prefer him and Romney not to beat each other up, because a Perry/Romney or Romney/Perry ticket would absolutely beat Obama/Biden.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Mitt “After-the-fact” Romney.

antisocial on August 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM

The new improved Mittens. Can’t be accused of flip-flopping if you wait till after the fact. Buh-bye!

AH_C on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Perhaps the statement lacks the credibility it would have carried had he been a long-time and vocal supporter of Cut, Cap and Balance.

As the supposed frontrunner he should have been the first to announce his support of CC&B.

darwin on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I bet Mitt has never been to Vegas.

He would actually have to take a position and make a bet before the cards were dealt.

crom on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

It’s not a bit much – he always waits to voice his opinion after the deal is done. Thus, he is a coward.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

You wrote, “thanks for nothing,” as if anything would have changed had he spoken up louder. Which is nonsense.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

What would have changed had he spoken up?

Nothing. You calling him a “coward” is a bit much.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

He wants to be President of United States, but doesn’t want to take a position until he thinks it’s safe to……we already have one of those in the White House. What is the opposite of Brave?

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I think he’s been polling and waited until all of his numbers came in to speak up.
Way to go there, Mitts.

bridgetown on August 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

It may be really weak tea, but if Romney is sincere in this it’s a huge fig leaf for, uhm, “moderates” to vote against it.

SouthernGent on August 1, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Do you guys like ethanol? It’s super.

El_Terrible on August 1, 2011 at 3:32 PM

He wants to be President of United States, but doesn’t want to take a position until he thinks it’s safe to……we already have one of those in the White House. What is the opposite of Brave?

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

There’s no “wrong” position on this bill. Strong Conservatives both support and oppose it. So all of this outrage over Mitt not speaking up louder against it is ridiculous.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Now he tells us.

Why couldn’t he have attempted to influence the process a little bit while it was still being negotiated?

Now it’s too late to have any impact whatsoever.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Mittens… a day late and a dollar short…

Khun Joe on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Obama is going to be handed something in excess of $2 Trillion — and he has made it perfectly clear that he will spend every penny of it before the November 2012 election.
- Ann Barnhardt (The Ann Barnhardt)

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

You wrote, “thanks for nothing,” as if anything would have changed had he spoken up louder. Which is nonsense.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The point is not whether anything would have changed, it is that Mitt sits on the sidelines until after the deal is done to take his position. Again, cowardly.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

He better wear a cup to the debates.

meci on August 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

For what purpose?

Like putting wheels on a tomato.

CurtZHP on August 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

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Prior to today decisions being made, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn’t doesn’t have much to say about the ongoing debt limit negotiations anything.

bluemarlin on August 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

To his credit, he’s the only candidate/figure I’ve heard who is asking why Obama waited until the figurative last minute to act on this alleged “debt crises”. Not like Obama hasn’t had a few years to head it off with intelligent planning to represent genuine leadership.

I was glad to hear Romney raise that complaint. No one else is and no one’s remarking about the possible reasons why, either.

Lourdes on August 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Shut-Up Chicken-Sh!t.

Tim_CA on August 1, 2011 at 3:35 PM

There’s no “wrong” position on this bill. Strong Conservatives both support and oppose it. So all of this outrage over Mitt not speaking up louder against it is ridiculous.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

I wouldn’t call it outrage, because I expected Mitt to do exactly this. He has stuck to his pattern.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I was glad to hear Romney raise that complaint. No one else is and no one’s remarking about the possible reasons why, either.

Lourdes on August 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Nobody else is putting out as good of ads against Obama as he is either. People just hate him, so he gets no credit.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

So all of this outrage over Mitt not speaking up louder against it is ridiculous.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

That is the same thing BHO does. Lead by following. The ladies were way out in front.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

So Mitt was neutral on it before he was against it.

Totally awesome!!!

Really Right on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I wouldn’t call it outrage, because I expected Mitt to do exactly this. He has stuck to his pattern.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

See the comments above. People are pissed for no reason. It’s ridiculous. Mitt can do no right for some people.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Why couldn’t he have attempted to influence the process a little bit while it was still being negotiated?

Now it’s too late to have any impact whatsoever.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

That would require taking a stand without the all important polling data.

darwin on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

What is the opposite of Brave?
Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Someone who panders to La Raza on illegal immigration while undermining a neighbor in AZ who is actually showing some spine on the issue. AKA Rick Perry.

Jon0815 on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

That is the same thing BHO does. Lead by following. The ladies were way out in front.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Why don’t you go watch some of the commercials Romney’s put out against Obama and then you can tell me he’s “leading by following.”

Nonsense.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

What is the opposite of Brave?
Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Someone who panders to La Raza on illegal immigration while undermining a neighbor in AZ who is actually showing some spine on the issue. AKA Rick Perry.

Jon0815 on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Give me a minute to get my hip waders on the BS is getting deep up in here.

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

He just wanted to wait and see which way Medved was going to break on the issue……

tommyboy on August 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

See the comments above. People are pissed for no reason. It’s ridiculous. Mitt can do no right for some people.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

A lot of people, and I am one of them, think that Mitt could have written a major newspaper op-ed, and then gone on a few TV interviews to lay out what sort of budget deal he would like to see come about. If he supported Cut Cap and Balance like he says here, why would he not try and let the Congressmen and Senators know it while something could have been done? What about we voters, don’t you think it would help him to take a firm position in the midst of the debate action and play a part rather than poking his head up after the smoke has cleared?

This is his problem.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I have seen the commercials and they are good. He paid for them and I thank him. However, I want my president to lead the debate, not join in after it is over.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Leading from behind! Is there an echo in here?

Fallon on August 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

There’s no “wrong” position on this bill. Strong Conservatives both support and oppose it. So all of this outrage over Mitt not speaking up louder against it is ridiculous.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Ridiculous? He’s running for President of the United States of America. Currently, subject to change, the last super power. He’s running for leader of the Free World….mumbles performance in voicing his objection is lacking, and that’s being kind.

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

When a RINO like Romney thinks the deal is bad you KNOW you’ve been had. So much for trolls on this blog crucifying the Tea Party for opposing this near-total surrender.

MaiDee on August 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Now this is news… Romney said something conservative!

jeffn21 on August 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I have seen the commercials and they are good. He paid for them and I thank him. However, I want my president to lead the debate, not join in after it is over.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Exactly. He did the same thing during the ObamaCare debate, nowhere to be found until it was over.

He seems to be more inclined to watch events unfold and react by trying to take some advantage of the outcome rather than trying to influence things as they happen.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM

So Bachmann who has abdicated responsbility by refusing to vote for debt ceiling increase at any cost is “praiseworthy.”

Wows! This site never ceases to amaze me.

rightistliberal on August 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Show of hands: who’s surprised that Mitt waited until now to opine?

OhioCoastie on August 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Now he tells us. What’s next? He opposes the taliban?

ConservativePartyNow on August 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Someone who panders to La Raza on illegal immigration while undermining a neighbor in AZ who is actually showing some spine on the issue. AKA Rick Perry.

Jon0815 on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Sarah Palin, VP nominee with John “amnesty” McCain, pandering to latin voters on Univision.

To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

windansea on August 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Everyone knows Massachuetts breeds only the finest RINO’s!

Just look at Romney and Brown as prime examples!

pilamaye on August 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

As my grandmother used to say:

“A day late and a dollar short!”

Amjean on August 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

He’s running for President of the United States of America.
Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I had no idea…

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Nobody else is putting out as good of ads against Obama as he is either.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Yes, he puts out good attack ads. I like them very much actually. For this reason, I am thankful that he is in the race.

However, many of us do not believe that he would be a wise choice as our nominee because this kind of behavior is normal from him (waiting until after the dust is settled to voice his position). The next President must lead and bring people to his side.

El_Terrible on August 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Tina:

Is this commentary a joke?

Notice your props are exactly the reason people dont like Mittens. He is an ex post facto thinker and doer.

That has signified his politics for the past 20+ years or so.

But the cheerleading is… so HS cute.

Odie1941 on August 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Gutsy./

ted c on August 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM

This is a war for the survival of America but we have the weakest, most despicable complicit soldiers we have ever seen. Folding to the ones demands for more campaign cash reveals the lack of leadership, spine and responsibility to the people of the republicans. Since the manufactured debt crisis has been “handled”, can we at least get past that diversion to challenge, investigate, condemn and PROSECUTE the criminal acts done behind the curtain? Fast and furious, bank threats by holder to reignite toxic mortgage lending, border security, back door executive orders, czars without congressional approval or any restraint…. The list is endless and a determined policy to overwhelm the rule of law and the constitution. If we continue to roll over and play dead, we are complicit in the destruction of America and all she stands for. I am greatly ashamed of “our guys.”

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Mitt, we already have a “leading from behind” President!

huckleberryfriend on August 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

“The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.” – Bob Ueker

Mitt Romney is a Ueker fan, apparently.

AubieJon on August 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

windansea on August 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

She also backed Gov Jan Brewer %100 by appearing in a press conference at her side, and lending her own name and face to the website the Gov’s office launched when the heat was hottest. That’s what she did on her own, not under the direction and control of the McCain campaign advisers in 2008.

At that time, Rick Perry did decline to join the fight.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

windansea on August 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

What’s your point? She said people it’s important people follow the rules.

darwin on August 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Other than media drama what has really changed in Washington? I would say nothing. Obama and the dems running up previously unimaginable deficits that will be “cut” by a miniscule fraction, while other new debt such as the monstrous Obamacare will soon to come on line. Higher budgets are forthcoming with probably lower receipts as the economy continues to tank. The government will blow through the 2.5 trillion at a much faster pace than projected and the panhandlers will be back to beg for more.

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Now he tells us. What’s next? He opposes the taliban?

ConservativePartyNow on August 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Now he tells us. What’s next? He opposes the taliban?

“The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.” – Bob Ueker

Mitt Romney is a Ueker fan, apparently.

ConservativePartyNow on August 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Thanks, I really need to laugh today.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM

So all of this outrage over Mitt not speaking up louder against it is ridiculous.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Those who applaud Mitt for hiding and waiting for the heavy lifting to be done, then showing up to be heard as if they were there the whole time should be ashamed.

portlandon on August 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Mitt addressing Obama’s “historic leadership failure” is after it has become so horribly obvious that it is happening throughout this whole administration as well as both houses of Congress. Mitt’s problem is this “historic leadership failure” acually started on January 20th, 2009. Glad you finally caught up, Mitt.

volsense on August 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Yes, Romney likes to stick a finger in the wind first, but obviously his finger is telling him to oppose it. Romney still has influence among RINOs, so this may actually help defeat it. Then there are the conservatives (like LTC Allen West) who were talked into this against their better judgment, and now they see Romney opposing the deal. They must be thinking, “If a moderate like Romney opposes it, then what the hell was I thinking?”

Emperor Norton on August 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

windansea on August 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I for one am sick and tired of the gratuitous Mitt GQ handsome posts…if you hate good looking people I hate you!

freakin commies

windansea on January 17, 2008 at 9:11 PM

portlandon on August 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Another example of Mitt’s “Leading – From – Behind” strategy.

Fred 2 on August 1, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Mitt “After-the-fact” Romney.

antisocial on August 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Obama: leading from behind

Romney: leading after the fact

I don’t see much difference there.

Connie on August 1, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Someone who panders to La Raza on illegal immigration while undermining a neighbor in AZ who is actually showing some spine on the issue. AKA Rick Perry.

Jon0815 on August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Sarah Palin, VP nominee with John “amnesty” McCain, pandering to latin voters on Univision.

To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

My opinion is:

As a practical matter, one cannot just line up 12-20 million illegals, march them across the country to stand in line to enter Mexico. Our government and our citizen population are both complicent in regards to the illegal
problem. We citizens hired them, turned the other way; our government did absolutely nothing to contain or return them.

We absolutely should screen them; those that have jobs and pay their way should get a path to citizenship. Those that are in jail or live off the governments tit should be
removed from this country.

Amjean on August 1, 2011 at 3:56 PM

she would quit the debate after 42 minutes. not a threat.

hanzblinx on August 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM

..funny, but, oh boy, are you gonna get it!

The War Planner on August 1, 2011 at 3:56 PM

And his hair is a bit mussed-up in that picture. Rebel.

betsyz on August 1, 2011 at 3:57 PM

It’s not a bit much – he always waits to voice his opinion after the deal is done. Thus, he is a coward.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

What would he have accomplished by inserting himself into the debate? Nothing, and it probably would have done him and the GOP more harm than good as a distraction by someone who has no official position.

RadClown on August 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The only candidate to approve of the deal was former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Now we know who Allahpundit will support in 2012

Norwegian on August 1, 2011 at 3:59 PM

What would he have accomplished by inserting himself into the debate? Nothing, and it probably would have done him and the GOP more harm than good as a distraction by someone who has no official position.

RadClown on August 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Put out his position, and lead people toward it for the good of the country, and incidentally his own political fortunes would improve as a result.

That’s what leaders do.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2011 at 3:59 PM

It’s not a bit much – he always waits to voice his opinion after the deal is done. Thus, he is a coward.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

What would he have accomplished by inserting himself into the debate? Nothing, and it probably would have done him and the GOP more harm than good as a distraction by someone who has no official position.

RadClown on August 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

He would have shown leadership, something he is too cowardly to do. It is a pattern. It’s not just my opinion, look at all the others on this thread who are saying the same thing.

silvernana on August 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Bravely bold Sir Mittens rode forth from Camelot …

OhioCoastie on August 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Amjean on August 1, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Palins stand on immigration.

http://www.organize4palin.com/issues/#8

derft on August 1, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Romney is pandering, just like the rest of them. He knows that someone else has to make the actual decision. After all, when Bush was president, Pelosi and Reid and Obama took the same stand on raising the debt ceiling. Politics.

If this thing does not go through, then it is up to Obama to make the cuts. I doubt very much if conservatives will like that one bit better than they like this. I can just imagine what kind of cuts we would see then…and there might actually be tax increases if revenue is needed badly enough. It just depends on what happens next, and no one really knows that.

I am not crazy about the plan, but then again I did not expect that I would be crazy about a compromise plan. But I am grown up enough to know that if this does not pass, what comes next could be a disaster. I realize that a lot of conservatives have convinced themselves that it is no big deal..we can just ignore the whole thing and it will work itself out. I just don’t think it will work that way and if it fails to pass the House, the GOP will get the blame.

America wants a deal. We can ignore the will of the people, or we can do the right thing.

Terrye on August 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Huntsman removes all doubt and proves the “idiot second generation” theory.

David in ATL on August 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

What would he have accomplished by inserting himself into the debate? Nothing, and it probably would have done him and the GOP more harm than good as a distraction by someone who has no official position.

RadClown on August 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Let me get this straight, taking a principled position would have been bad for the Republican party, and by extension the Country….uh huh. We wouldn’t want anyone speaking out – adding their voice, who holds principled positions now/

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Bring on the hate, but like it or not our choice is between Romney and Perry. I had thought that T-Paw was a contender, but his terrible campaigning has taken him out. Of course Perry is still not in and if he decides not to run then you better get used to hearing, “Hail to the Chief,” when Mitt enters a room.

This is not a commercial for Romney or anyone else. It is the race as I see it, not necessarily how I want it.

MJBrutus on August 1, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I can’t believe he did this again.

INC on August 1, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Dispositive proof that Romney is not the best candidate

georgealbert on August 1, 2011 at 4:15 PM

What would have changed had he spoken up?

Nothing. You calling him a “coward” is a bit much.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

This just in…Mitt Romney reportedly against the Holocaust.

fossten on August 1, 2011 at 4:17 PM

America wants a deal. We can ignore the will of the people, or we can do the right thing.

Terrye on August 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I have heard the same argument for RomneyCare & ObamaCare.

“The people” want it. So we give it to them.

Don’t worry about the destructive consequences, because “the people” wanted it.

portlandon on August 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

RadClown on August 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Those who have an official position got there by responding to the electorate. The electorate is an amorphous blob that can be pushed incrementally in one or another direction with concerted effort. Over the past week the effort on the left was a coordinated assault on the Tea Party has obstructionist, uncompromizing and extremist, using terms like suicide bombers and hostage takers. What we needed on the right were voices deflecting that criticism and redirecting it at Obama for not putting forth a debt ceiling plan and at Reid for not having a vote on the orginal Boehner bill or even on a budget for more than 2 years. Mitt’s voice would have been welcomed in that effort. The final compromise was shaped by all the background noise. I don’t know if it is the best we could have gotten, but having Romney, who has establishment credentials, backing Cut, Cap, and Balance earlier would have helped.

Ted Torgerson on August 1, 2011 at 4:21 PM

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

So the ads are your criterion for good leadership? Come on. This guy always chooses whatever is convenient for the moment. Do you know you sound like a snake oil salesman?

antisocial on August 1, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Breaking on Drudge…Mitt Romney joins the ranks of those opposed to the Spanish Armada.

fossten on August 1, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Mr. Milquetoast chimes in. Where was he when Obamneycare was debated? Mittens makes Failbama look like he’s leading from the front.

Western_Civ on August 1, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I can’t believe he did this again.

INC on August 1, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I can, I am just trying to figure out the pattern of how long his campaign waits to make these kinds of announcements. What do they consider a safe period of time from the time of the event to the time for him to make statement…he doesn’t want to that’s obvious. His silence was deafening, and the longer the press brought it up, the more pressure was put on his to make some statement…..besides everyone else already had so it’s not like he’s really sticking his neck out that far.

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Romney joins the ranks of those opposed to debt limit deal puts hat on stick and raises it above the large rock to see if the coast is clear.

drunyan8315 on August 1, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I can’t believe he did this again.

INC on August 1, 2011 at 4:14 PM

You’re kidding, right?

OhioCoastie on August 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

she would quit the debate after 42 minutes. not a threat.

hanzblinx on August 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM

HAHAHA! That’s great, calling Romney a “she”…
I feel the same way, Romney has become a she…She finally spoke up about the crisis.
Thanks for a good laugh, I am going to use that from now on…Romney a she…perfect.

right2bright on August 1, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Why its the GOP’s Hindmost!

ajacksonian on August 1, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Why its the GOP’s Hindmost!

ajacksonian on August 1, 2011 at 4:30 PM

It would explain my foreboding, that I am actually living in an alternate reality GRIN.

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 4:38 PM

The horses are out, better close the barn door…ummm, I dunno know, where do you wanna go tonight…Before I comment, I need a moment to read what Sarah says about the subject…I will take a firm stand when a firm stand is needed, not before…One more news cycle, and I should be able to make an opinion…

right2bright on August 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM

There’s no “wrong” position on this bill. Strong Conservatives both support and oppose it. So all of this outrage over Mitt not speaking up louder againstat all until now it is ridiculous.

nickj116 on August 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

FIFY The man is running for president. Is it too much to ask him to take a stand before?

katy the mean old lady on August 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I am glad Mitt finally spoke out, she deserves to be heard…

right2bright on August 1, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I’m no Romney supporter, but I wish the bickering and bashing would cease. He agrees with the conservative position on this issue. Can’t we leave it at that? WWSD?

mike_NC9 on August 1, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Dr Evil on August 1, 2011 at 4:26 PM
OhioCoastie on August 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I know it’s his MO. I had just thought by now that he or some of his advisers would have finally realized how bad this looks for him to continually do this, and he only reinforces this farce of leadership. To say nothing at this point would have been better than to say this.

INC on August 1, 2011 at 4:52 PM

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