Romney’s new top legal advisor: Robert Bork?

posted at 6:32 pm on August 2, 2011 by Allahpundit

Not exactly but close enough. Second look at Romney?

Mitt Romney is mining the George W. Bush White House for legal talent to advise his presidential campaign — including a key person behind the controversial Justice Department memos authorizing waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

On Tuesday, Romney released a list of the 63 lawyers on his Justice Advisory Committee, designed to advise his presidential campaign on legal policy and in some cases provide legal counsel. Its most famous name: former Ronald Reagan Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, whose nomination was voted down by the Senate…

Prime among [the others] is Steven Bradbury, one of 13 “prominent lawyers” singled out on the list by Romney’s campaign. Bradbury led the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2005 to 2009 and signed three 2005 memos reassuring the CIA and the DOJ that techniques like waterboarding were legal even when combined with another harsh technique.

I’m already looking forward to the first Obama/Romney debate, where The One will scold Mitt for using lawyers who have contempt for due process before trumpeting his own shoot-on-sight drone policy. As for Mitt, consider this part of his current stealth strategy, in which he spends most of his time fundraising and rolling out occasional big-name endorsements in lieu of stumping for media attention. Supposedly that’s going to change soon, but it’s working, sort of, so far: Rasmussen’s latest still has him in front among likely voters with 22 percent to Perry’s 18 and Bachmann’s 17. What would happen in a three-way race between them? Romney wins that too — or does he?

In a three-way race between Romney, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry, Romney earns 34% of the vote, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters. Bachmann picks up 27% support, while Perry, the only one who has yet to formally declare he’s a candidate, gets 26%. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

The race is a virtual tie, however, if it’s a two-way race. In a showdown between just Romney and Bachmann, 44% of primary voters support Romney, while 42% favor Bachmann. The remaining 14% either like another candidate or are undecided.

Pit Romney against Perry alone, and the former Massachusetts governor earns 43% while the Texas governor gets 39%. Nine percent (9%) prefer another candidate, while another nine percent (9%) are undecided.

He does better against both Perry and Bachmann in a two-way race than I’d expect given that they’re both tea-party favorites and combine for 61 percent in the three-way match-up. Three problems, though. One: Romney’s better known than both of them thanks to his ’08 run and the months of buzz he’s gotten this year for being the default frontrunner. That has to be boosting his numbers a little. Two: No one’s hit him yet. Plenty of primary voters who don’t follow politics day to day are still blissfully unaware of RomneyCare. Perry’s already promising that “There will be plenty of vinegar and whatever else needs to be in the recipe” once he gets in, and Bachmann’s bound to start attacking more once she’s done concentrating on Ames. What happens to Mitt’s numbers then? Three: Given the make-up of the rest of the field, which way are those undecided and “other candidate” voters likely to break if forced to choose between Romney and a tea partier? True, you’ve got some Pawlenty fans mixed in there, but you’ve also got many more Palin and Cain and Paul fans. Who’s a more natural fit for them, Perry/Bachmann or the architect of the individual mandate in Massachusetts?

Exit question: How come Romney took a beating for waffling on the debt negotiations but not Perry?

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Exit question: How come Romney took a beating for waffling on the debt negotiations but not Perry?

Because Romney can do absolutely no right for a large number of people on Hot Air.

nickj116 on August 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Exit question: How come Romney took a beating for waffling on the debt negotiations but not Perry?

We’ve come to expect waffling from the Mittness Protection Program…not from the Perry Camp. Certainly not after his yearbook pics were released.

ted c on August 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

my eyes aee dialated. I cant read this.
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portlandon on August 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Because Romney can do does absolutely no nothingright for a large number of people on Hot Air.

nickj116 on August 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

fify

ElectricPhase on August 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Exit question: How come Romney took a beating for waffling on the debt negotiations but not Perry?
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Why question someone who hasn’t yet thrown his hat in?

ohiobabe on August 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Oh boy, this’ll drive the left crazy. I can’t wait for the “Mitt Romney’s America” speech. . .

Ryan Anthony on August 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

You can also win the nomination by being everybody’s second choice. In fact, for most candidates that’s an excellent strategy.

RBMN on August 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Romney? Is there someone named Romney opining on things in the GOP race? I’m confused.

hip shot on August 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I’m already looking forward to the first Obama/Romney debate, where The One will scold Mitt for using lawyers who have contempt for due process before trumpeting his own shoot-on-sight drone policy

Not gonna happen any time soon AP. There will be no Obama/Romney debates, not now, not ever.

Knucklehead on August 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Mitt?……:.might as well keep Obama.

Same Progressive Gangrene on America.

PappyD61 on August 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

AP said:

Two: No one’s hit him yet.

No one’s hit Perry yet either.

Jon0815 on August 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Exit question: How come Romney took a beating for waffling on the debt negotiations but not Perry?

One’s an official candidate for POTUS, and one is not?

joejm65 on August 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM

OT but why haven’t we had a thread yet on the latest Democrat to get caught emailing nude photos of himself…..LOL

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2021715/New-Jersey-democrat-Louis-Magazzu-resigns-naked-photos-email-online-girlfriend.html

Sharke on August 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Plenty of primary voters who don’t follow politics day to day are still blissfully unaware of RomneyCare.

A little trouble with that, Romney did run for President in 2008 and MassCare wasn’t a problem then, not for DeMint,not for Rush Limbaugh or for a lot of conservatives.

Falz on August 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM

How come Romney took a beating for waffling on the debt negotiations but not Perry?

frontrunner status

hanzblinx on August 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Oh boy, this’ll drive the left crazy.
Ryan Anthony on August 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

He doesn’t drive the Left crazy. He amuses them.

rrpjr on August 2, 2011 at 6:50 PM

The man who said yes to Nixon and no to his Attorney General?

AshleyTKing on August 2, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Who…?

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Seven Percent Solution on August 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Romney’s still got great hair (I was for Romney [2008] before I was against him [2012]), but I must agree with Ted. Did you see Perry’s college pics? He is forgiven. That and Perry’s gonna make a great VP.

Mitt as a candidate will do more to dampen the spirits of the eager, impassioned and impatient conservatives and tea party members than just about any other candidate besides Newt. He’s a wet blanket on a burning desire to take back the White House.

Other than that, I have nothing against the guy.

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Mitt?……:.might as well keep Obama.
PappyD61 on August 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Stupid.

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Just a note.
I worked the phone banks and was a poll observer in the last three presidential elections.
If this oily Obama-lite pin up gets the nomination, we are exponentially screwed I won’t work this election at all and will probably sit it out.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM

No, there is no second look at Romney.

He was MIA during the healthcare debate and now the debt ceiling debate.

He lacks conviction and courage.

The Republican party can do better.

texasconserv on August 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Nick @6:34 has it nailed,that Romney can’t do anything right for the Hotair Crowd.
As for the theory that his percentage is high umong likely voters because he hasn’t been “beaten up” yet, well something tells me that the Hotair Crowd will take care of that, render him unelectable. I’m sure Obama will be sending you thank you notes.

c.j.ammenheuser on August 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

fify

ElectricPhase on August 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM

..one suspects you are working far too hard, old son.

The War Planner on August 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

c.j.ammenheuser on August 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

..close the thread. This nails it.

The War Planner on August 2, 2011 at 7:09 PM

I like Mitt. I’d vote for him…if I had to. This is the thing–Mitt acts like he’s the next guy in line to be president, he’s been waiting patiently, like the number two guy in line at the bank waiting for a teller…he’s kind, considerate, ready to do business, but he hasn’t gotten the clue that the old I’m-next-because-I’m-next-in-line-at-the-GOP tricks aren’t working this year. Maybe after Clinton, but not now….all bets are off and Mitt hasn’t gotten that message. IMO

ted c on August 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM

c.j.ammenheuser on August 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM
..close the thread. This nails it.

The War Planner on August 2, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Too soon.

ted c on August 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM

This nails it.

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 7:22 PM

c.j.ammenheuser on August 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Hot Air Commentors are that powerful? They can decide presidential elections? I had no idea.

Dr Evil on August 2, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I love ya-but if Palin s the nominee and offers Perry VP I hope he’ll respectful decline.
One doesn’t accept an offer to be second banana when one is more qualified to be top banana than the top banana.
You can’t convince me that a half-term conservative governor is more qualified to be president than a 3-term conservative governor.
If she had finished her term it would’ve given her more XO gravitas-but she didn’t.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Second look at Romney?

Saw this quote coming from a mile away when I saw the headline.

AP, I love your catchphrases.

Red Cloud on August 2, 2011 at 7:29 PM

I’m already looking forward to the first Obama/Romney debate

Me too. And let’s hope it’s Mitt and not Rick. Someone on another website linked these outtakes from the Daily Show (below) that Perry was on promoting his book “Fed Up” and it’s painful at times

To defend his position, Perry grasps for words that never come to him. Stewart out thinks him and runs circles around his ideas. This a soft setting too. It further deepens my fear that Perry would be a disaster on the stage with Obama.

And LOL…..when Perry brings up as an example, healthcare on the state level, he kind of makes the case for Mitt’s healthcare actions. Espeically when Stewart throws out the stat that 25% of Texans have no healthcare insurance, Perry says the states should handle the problem.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-8-2010/exclusive—rick-perry-extended-interview

sheryl on August 2, 2011 at 7:30 PM

There’s that guy that looks like Lyle Waggoner, again. Is he doing something important?

kingsjester on August 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

No one’s hit him yet.

Huh? Didn’t Rush Limbaugh say Mitt’s done. Didn’t Bill Burton’s SuperPac run it’s very first attack ad against Romney? Ever since Obamacare’s passage Obama/Axelrod have been giving Romney very public death hugs of praise. Tim Pawlenty’s non-attack attack on a televised debate was huge fodder in the press for several days.

AP, I don’t think there are a whole lot of blissfully unaware primary voters.

sheryl on August 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

sheryl on August 2, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Oh, for God’s sake! We’re going to nominate the SQUISH again because we want to be cool like Jon Stewart! We want Jon Stewart to like us!

Nice try, Romneybot. No, not this time. Not again. Not this time.
Every Southern Republican Governor is going to endorse Rick Perry, the longest serving governor of the largest state that created jobs. Jon Stewart be damned.

Marcus on August 2, 2011 at 7:41 PM

After the night of long knives and the proclamation of RINO purge 2012. There is not a chance that Romney will be the approved tea party candidate no matter what he does and what backing he has come primary time.

Vote for Romney and against a former tea party now labeled RINO with one vote.. yea sure, with two people whose family names start with P and yet to announced and when they do they will send Romney and his million chest packing.

tjexcite on August 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

sheryl on August 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

If the average voter paid attention to any of the things you mention, you may have a point. Us political junkies already know these things, and that is why we already have our favorites. Unfortunately the people who decide the next election will start paying attention someone around Labor Day of next year.

Kataklysmic on August 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Kataklysmic on August 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

*sometime

Kataklysmic on August 2, 2011 at 7:45 PM

After the night of long knives and the proclamation of RINO purge 2012. There is not a chance that Romney will be the approved tea party candidate no matter what he does and what backing he has come primary time.

Vote for Romney and against a former tea party now labeled RINO with one vote.. yea sure, with two people whose family names start with P and yet to announced and when they do they will send Romney and his million chest packing.

tjexcite on August 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

ruhroh….does AP remember the time he banned me for using that same metaphor? alas, those were the (old tone) days…..///////

ted c on August 2, 2011 at 7:49 PM

I’ve said this before, I know. I’ll vote for any GOP candidate over Obama…other than the Mittens (OK, maybe Huntsman is in that category too). I won’t vote for Obama, but will just leave that race blank if Mitt’s the nominee. I’m done with voting for these a**holes. There is simply zero justification for Romney. He’s not a conservative and will, at best, manage America’s decline slightly more efficiently (so he says), though even that is debatable. If Mitt really cares about advancing the country, he’ll disappear.

DB9 on August 2, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Ho Hum.

KickandSwimMom on August 2, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Yeah, that’s nice, but it will take more than that to help Romney.

tom on August 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Marcus on August 2, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Calm down Marcus, don’t have a cow. Did you even watch the clip? I could care less if Jon Stewart likes “us”.

Jon Stewart wasn’t hard on Perry at all and Perry still looked like an idiot grappling for words to explain his beliefs. That was the point.

Perry is the squish if he can’t cogently give details on his positions.

Plus I think Perry has a glass jaw, I don’t think he’ll be able to go head to head with Mitt in the debates.

He gave some lame excuse to White why he woouldn’t debate him…that was some serious squish behavior.

sheryl on August 2, 2011 at 9:03 PM

tom on August 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Robert Bork isn’t supporting Romney to help him get votes, he’s supporting him again because he believes in Mitt Romney, the man.

sheryl on August 2, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Plus I think Perry has a glass jaw, I don’t think he’ll be able to go head to head with Mitt in the debates.

Romney is aging and feeble. He’s the last Republican I want to see in a debate with Obama, he’d be embarrassing with his “I said it”…..”I didn’t say that”…..”I said it and I meant it!” on the same issue. He has been running for President since the morning after McCain won the primaries, and if he had any traction there wouldn’t be no money flowing into the Republican primaries with everyone STILL waiting for the Great Hope. His biggest opportunity was 2008. He’s dead in 2012, with the Tea Party. THEY HATE HIM.

Marcus on August 2, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Romney has to have a damn good answer for “what have you been doing for the last four years”?

slickwillie2001 on August 2, 2011 at 9:45 PM

THEY HATE HIM.Marcus on August 2, 2011 at 9:37 PM

OMG….wow…I think it’s you that hates him Marcus and you’re projecting it onto everyone else.

Perry is only three years young than Mitt, he’s hardly in spring chicken territory.

Plus the way was Perry’s grasping for the right words, losing his train of thought with Stewart does lend to him not having the sharpest of minds.

And it isn’t just on that show, he was terrible in the debate against Kay Baily Hutchinson and Debra Medina.

He seems like a nice good ol’boy that you would want to hang out with but he’s not very presidential….at least that’s what many of my Texan business associates say.

sheryl on August 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Exit question: How come Romney took a beating for waffling on the debt negotiations but not Perry?

Romney Derangement Syndrome.

csdeven on August 3, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Romney is the GOP’s Obama — he is far enough to the left to attract some disillusioned Obamacrats…

Which of course includes some (many?) of the PRESSSSident, if they ever come out of the closet about it. The PRESSSidential types would surely rather rub shoulders with a liberal RINO than sip tea with some Tea Party terrorist…

drfredc on August 3, 2011 at 1:06 AM

I used to support Mitt until I realized that Perry was endorsed by Lassie’s nephew Bob who was a member of the VFW and never got a haircut even though he lived in Texas.

I am thinking of using this as an excuse to call Jennifer Aniston to see if Marley likes any particular Republican although I am afraid that I will get her boyfriend with the pudge and the creepy Euro beard. The other AM in Hollywood it was 70 and I saw some similar bearded guy with a parka on. I have nightmares about what their kids will look like until I realize that he is probably like the other Hollywood types who don”t want to disturb the cashflow by letting the beautiful lady be a woman.

IlikedAUH2O on August 3, 2011 at 5:42 AM

P. S. See Perry’s college pics for Lassie’s nephew

IlikedAUH2O on August 3, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Legal policy determined by lawyers, you mean how the Democrats have done it the last few decades?

Yeah that’s worked out well for all non-lawyers in the country.

NORUK on August 3, 2011 at 8:02 AM