Romney in Iowa: “We’re going to win this thing”

posted at 8:08 pm on January 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

For any other candidate, this would be shrugged off as the motivational boilerplate that it is, but for Mr. Cautious, who usually treads lightly lest he be seen as gloating over his apparent inevitability, it’s uncharacteristic. Gingrich could get away with predicting that he’ll be the nominee because that sort of braggadocio is typical Gingrich and because there’s no real political cost in him saying so. But Romney? The last thing he wants to do is give grassroots conservatives even more motivation to take him down a peg.

Dude, he’s feeling it.

“You guys, I need you tomorrow night,” he told more than 600 people packed into an asphalt company’s truck garage. “I need every single vote in this room, and I need you to get a couple of other votes in your neighborhood, get them to caucus. I need a great showing here in Cedar Rapids. We’re going to win this thing with all our passion and strength and do everything we can to get this campaign on the right track to go across the nation and to pick up the states and to get the ballots I need and the votes I need to become our nominee. That’s what we’re going to get, with your help.”

Romney’s campaign has worked for months to keep expectations down, trying to prevent a repeat of the 2008 campaign, in which he was favored but came in a disappointing second place in the caucuses. But the candidate has been leading recent polls, and he was feeling his oats tonight in front of an enthusiastic crowd that clapped and whistled after several lines of his stump speech.

One of his staffers claimed afterward that he was predicting he’d win the nomination, not necessarily the caucus, but that’s not how the media will spin this tomorrow night if he finishes more poorly than he’s supposed to. They want some sort of excitement to write about through Super Tuesday, so if Romney leaves them an inch of room for a “disappointing expectations” storyline, they’ll lunge for it. Here’s tomorrow night’s inch.

Romney’s reportedly campaigning in Democratic areas of Dubuque tonight in hopes of turning out disgruntled O-bots tomorrow. If he can afford to spend time there instead of in redder districts, he really, really must be feeling it. If nothing else, he might be able to lock down a few votes that would otherwise go to Ron Paul; at best, he’ll get some Obama voters to commit to him now in hopes that they’ll stay with him in November. That’s why, I take it, he’s been spending at least as much time with liberal media as he has with conservative media. He’s already looking ahead. The Fox News viewers will come around eventually simply because they have to, but the sooner he can reach out to independents and center-leftists through their own preferred media, the sooner he can start to make the case against Obama to true undecideds. A nice luxury.

Via News Busters, here’s Scarborough predicting bloodsport among the base if Romney sweeps Iowa and New Hampshire. Exit quotation: “Iowa is about eliminating Gingrich and Perry without us having to spend a lot of money to do so.”


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blatantblue on January 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Romney is feeling confident that he will beat Ron the nuuty doctor?

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Mittens…

… it’s only Iowa.

Seven Percent Solution on January 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

The nation weeps.

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Iowa is about eliminating Gingrich and Perry without us having to spend a lot of money to do so.”

Huh? They did spend a lot of money to get Gingrich out.

promachus on January 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

He’s campaigning in places he won in 2008. Disgruntled O-bots have nothing to do with it.

swamp_yankee on January 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Yeah he will. And he will win NH too. And SC and FL.

And on Nov 6 he will lose by 7-9% to Obama.

I saw this movie already in 2008.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

“I want to talk about that DcMarco Huntsman…

… He’s so dreamy!” – Mika

Seven Percent Solution on January 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I predict Romney will finish a strong 3rd.

FloatingRock on January 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Romney is worse than Mccain. At least with Mccain you knew his core belives. With Romney it’s a crapshoot.

davemason2k on January 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Squirm Romney haters. Squirm.

Zetterson on January 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Romney’s reportedly campaigning in Democratic areas of Dubuque tonight in hopes of turning out disgruntled O-bots tomorrow.

Good. I hope he gets them to volunteer, donate money, make phone calls for him in October and early November too. Because not too many of those icky yucky crazy right wing lunatics in the tea party will be doing any of that.

Good luck Mitt.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Will someone get the word out to all the other candidates and states that the POTUS primary is over and Romney is the winner, so he can start courting the democrats. He doesn’t need to waste time on those useful idiot conservatives. They’ll come around on election day. They always do.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

He probably will win, but braggadocio, whether Newt’s or someone else’s, isn’t a particularly good idea. People will perceive it as arrogance rather than confidence. I do, however, like that he said we’ll win with our passion. I’d like to see more of that from Mittens, actually.

Slainte on January 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

This is how a winner runs a winning campaign.

Pretty hard not to admire the way he’s played his cards.

Well, actually, I’m sure many of the lovely folks here on HA will find a way…but that’s no longer going to matter. Soon it’ll all be over for those folks — and they can feel free to stay home in November if they want to be so stupid.

Esoteric on January 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Will someone get the word out to all the other candidates and states that the POTUS primary is over and Romney is the winner, so he can start courting the democrats. He doesn’t need to waste time on those useful idiot conservatives. They’ll come around on election day. They always do.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Start? Dude all he’s done is court Democrats. That’s cool though. Democrats will be out in force for GOTV efforts for Romney. He doesn’t need icky yucky tea partiers.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Maybe this will be a harsh lesson to the True Conservatives out there, that “candidate recruitment” is not a terrible thing.

The fact that so many Not Romneys came and went is proof positive that the base could have controlled this race. Unfortunately, nobody the base supported turned out to be more competent than Romney. Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum. And on, and on, and on.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Yeah he will. And he will win NH too. And SC and FL.

And on Nov 6 he will lose by 7-9% to Obama.

I saw this movie already in 2008.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Agreed on your last point. Not sure about SC.

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

FL GOP primary voter here.

Nothing motivates me to vote against Mitt like the MSM and Romney aides telling me to sit back & enjoy it, he’s inevitable.

Like hell.

Purple Fury on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

but for Mr. Cautious….

I prefer Captain Douche.
After three years of obama. After all the tea party rallies. After all the townhall fights. After 2010 and the landslide election, once again, we have a squishy pile of dung being shoved down our throats.
And, he’s probably going to win.
It’s time to build the moat.

HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

********************* CORRECTION ********************************
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2012 elections Newt Gingrich on Iowa caucus vote:

‘I don’t think I’m going to win’
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canopfor on January 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Saying: “we’re going to win this thing with all our passion and strength and do everything we can to get this campaign on the right track to go across the nation and to pick up the states and to get the ballots I need and the votes I need to become our nominee. That’s what we’re going to get, with your help. ” at a campaign rally is qualitatively different from telling a reporter: “I’m going to be the nominee”.

But continue to stir the pot. It’s good for business.

Basilsbest on January 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Where is that Mitt sex tape leak when we need it?

davemason2k on January 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM

LOL – there’s going to be a lot of cheap Busch beer hangovers on Thursday morning from the crowd here.

Take solace, staunch fiscal and social Luddites: you can still vote AGAINST Romney on Election Day!

nice_poltergeist on January 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

What will be the difference, grandpa of obamacare?

HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM

The fact that so many Not Romneys came and went is proof positive that the base could have controlled this race. Unfortunately, nobody the base supported turned out to be more competent than Romney. Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum. And on, and on, and on.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

You know, ironically I think the people that deserve the ire are the people who sat this out, for whatever reason: Jeb, Rubio, Christie, Ryan, Jindal, Daniels, Mike Pence, Palin, etc.

It’s not the base that let anybody down, it’s the A-Team, who decided not to show up this time around.

Purple Fury on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Saying: “we’re going to win this thing with all our passion and strength and do everything we can to get this campaign on the right track to go across the nation and to pick up the states and to get the ballots I need and the votes I need to become our nominee. That’s what we’re going to get, with your help. ” at a campaign rally is qualitatively different from telling a reporter: “I’m going to be the nominee”.

Did you read the post? Opening line: “For any other candidate, this would be shrugged off as the motivational boilerplate that it is…” I realize that this is standard stuff for politicians. My point is that Romney isn’t really a standard politician in this respect.

Allahpundit on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Mitt’s father George W. Romeny, born in one of the Mormon colonies in Mexico – on July 8, 1907. Dual citizenship is not natural born.

Capt-Dax on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I prefer Captain Douche.
After three years of obama. After all the tea party rallies. After all the townhall fights. After 2010 and the landslide election, once again, we have a squishy pile of dung being shoved down our throats.
And, he’s probably going to win.
It’s time to build the moat.

HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

HornetSting:Percisely so,the 2010 Motivation to oust Hopey has
done vanished,er,Momemtum Le Stalled!:)

canopfor on January 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Howard Dean, anyone?

SouthernGent on January 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Romney’s ego-maniacal scorched earth campaign is well under way.

Of course that will stop once Obama’s the target.

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

If you lose, I will laugh long and hard…

Unless Mengele jr. wins it. Gevalt.

Rixon on January 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The fact that so many Not Romneys came and went is proof positive that the base could have controlled this race. Unfortunately, nobody the base supported turned out to be more competent than Romney. Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum. And on, and on, and on.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Simple math dude. Splitting the non-Romney vote 5 ways means the Romney vote wins. But what were we supposed to do, tell 4 of the 5 to drop out? Democrats are disciplined and do that. Republicans are part of the Stupid Idiotic Party.

Suicide by RINO once again.

Obama wins by 5-8%.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

They don’t want to expose themselves too much, but if Romney takes Iowa the establishment who lurk in the shadows will have taken too much… Stand Up People !!!

apocalypse on January 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Slainte on January 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Oh please. This is normal campaign get out the vote stuff in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Nobody is saying the election should be over. Continue to look for a super duper conspiracy.

bluealice on January 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

After three years of obama. After all the tea party rallies. After all the townhall fights. After 2010 and the landslide election, once again, we have a squishy pile of dung being shoved down our throats.
And, he’s probably going to win.
It’s time to build the moat.

Indeed. Kind of takes the wind out of the enthusiasm sails… Time to focus local again and keep sweeping them out from the bottom up and build the conservative bench.

Neomom on January 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Romney derangement overload in the comments. He was trying to fire up the people there to go vote tomorrow. I mean give me a break, what is he supposed to say? Go caucus for hours so I can come in second or third? Yeah thats motivating. Some of you guys seriously need to give it a rest already. Ready to pounce over every little minor thing.

nswider on January 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

It’s not the base that let anybody down, it’s the A-Team, who decided not to show up this time around.

Purple Fury on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Bullcrap. For each and every name you mentioned, the True Conservatives went around convincing everyone that they were establishment pawns. (With the exception of Palin, of course, who would have had a very difficult time winning in any case.)

They were so confident that somebody would beat Romney, that they blasted Daniels as a Bush soldier, Ryan as a bailout-happy liberal, Christie as a gungrabbing pro-choicer (which he’s not, by the way,) and so on and so forth. Personally, I’m ecstatic at their comeuppance at the same time that I’m infuriated that all of the good candidates got stonewalled.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

This is a BS story trying to stir up stuff about Romney. I fully expect a correction after several hrs, because that is the modus operandi where Romney is concerned. It’s just like the last time with Newt’s crying.

Chudi on January 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Howard Dean, anyone?

SouthernGent on January 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

GAWD…I was thinking/hoping the same thing!

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Now I know how dems felt like when they were stuck with Kerry in 2004

davemason2k on January 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Maybe this will be a harsh lesson to the True Conservatives out there, that “candidate recruitment” is not a terrible thing.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

You are correct. We should have recruited one conservative candidate, instead of letting half a dozen of them stagger in like an uninvited drunk at a wedding reception.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Someone has the confidence of JugEars?
Why does that bother me?

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

After three years of obama. After all the tea party rallies. After all the townhall fights. After 2010 and the landslide election, once again, we have a squishy pile of dung being shoved down our throats.
And, he’s probably going to win.
It’s time to build the moat.

Indeed. Kind of takes the wind out of the enthusiasm sails… Time to focus local again and keep sweeping them out from the bottom up and build the conservative bench.

Neomom on January 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Romney as the nominee = not only the end of the TP, but the end of a conservative movement in the United States. People say they want anyone in there instead of Obama. Careful what you wish for. Do you want 4 more years of Obama and a strong conservative movement for 2016 or do you want Obama Lite and the death of conservatism in 2012. That’s the choice in November.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Fox News has been trying to downplay Ron Paul the past few days, I’ve noticed. For example Fox News Sunday reported fictitious poll results yesterday and now their web site has 4 of the top 5 candidates in Iowa on their front page, not including the front-runner, Ron Paul.

FNC is not fair and balanced.

FloatingRock on January 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

This is a BS story trying to stir up stuff about Romney. I fully expect a correction after several hrs, because that is the modus operandi where Romney is concerned. It’s just like the last time with Newt’s crying.

Chudi on January 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Did you come up with that all by yourself or are you talking to the racist rock again?

HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

You know, Rush spins this little theory every so often on his show, that the surfeit of damaged conservative candidates was actually a plot by the RINOs to split the conservative vote and get Romney the nomination.

It’s completely ridiculous on its face, but it’s still funny that people like you believe it.

And to answer your question? Yes. They should have been forced, by endorsements and funding boycotts, to drop out.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

ROMNEY!!!!!!

Some day we will think Washington, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Coolidge, Reagan, Romney.

Amen and amen

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Personally, I’m ecstatic at their comeuppance at the same time that I’m infuriated that all of the good candidates got stonewalled.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Do you really not think that a Daniels, Christie or Paul couldn’t have better turned out the base from a “we’re settling with X” mentality than Romney? I might not have been excited for Daniels and I like him on merit. I just thought the Bush meme would be brought up too much. But at least I could’ve come around to wanting to volunteer on a Mitch campaign. I don’t have that enthusiasm for a Romney candidacy.

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Personally, I’m ecstatic at their comeuppance at the same time that I’m infuriated that all of the good candidates got stonewalled.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

But you’re still pretty stoked that Romney is the guy.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I prefer Captain Douche.
After three years of obama. After all the tea party rallies. After all the townhall fights. After 2010 and the landslide election, once again, we have a squishy pile of dung being shoved down our throats.
And, he’s probably going to win.
It’s time to build the moat.
HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Being shoved down your throats by your fellow Republicans voting in the primaries. It’s called democracy, you tool (or would you prefer to be called a stupid pile of dung) I suggest you abandon this moronic crybaby meme and adopt instead angyed’s Romney is a squish who won’t run hard against Obama. It’s only 99% as stupid.

Basilsbest on January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

It’s not the base that let anybody down, it’s the A-Team, who decided not to show up this time around.

Purple Fury on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I think the A-List argument is over-rated. If a candidate did not have the will and the desire to wage a tough campaign and take the slings and arrows of a campaign, then they are not ‘A’ nominees in the first place.

.

swamp_yankee on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

GAWD…I was thinking/hoping the same thing!

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Well, well, well! When I’m thinking like katy I’m on to something! Woohoo.

SouthernGent on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

After three years of obama. After all the tea party rallies. After all the townhall fights. After 2010 and the landslide election, once again, we have a squishy pile of dung being shoved down our throats.
And, he’s probably going to win.
It’s time to build the moat.

ALLIGATORS!

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

He must have gotten his final internal polling today. It must be pretty good.

rubberneck on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

ROMNEY!!!!!!

Some day we will think Washington, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Coolidge, Reagan, Romney.

Amen and amen

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

“Crazy Never Wins in the Republican Party”

———–Joe(sh*t-distruber)Scarborough

Well,the Democrats elected Hopey…..nuff said!

canopfor on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Oops,thats nominated,not elected!

canopfor on January 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Do you really not think that a Daniels, Christie or Paul couldn’t have better turned out the base from a “we’re settling with X” mentality than Romney? I might not have been excited for Daniels and I like him on merit. I just thought the Bush meme would be brought up too much. But at least I could’ve come around to wanting to volunteer on a Mitch campaign. I don’t have that enthusiasm for a Romney candidacy.

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

No, my exact point is that the True Conservatives opted to make a nonexistent perfect the enemy of the good. All the ones mentioned earlier – Christie, Daniels, Ryan, Pence, Jeb (maybe), are more demonstrably, and more consistently, conservative than Romney. That’s why it’s such a shame that none of them caught any fire.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

You know, Rush spins this little theory every so often on his show, that the surfeit of damaged conservative candidates was actually a plot by the RINOs to split the conservative vote and get Romney the nomination.

It’s completely ridiculous on its face, but it’s still funny that people like you believe it.

And to answer your question? Yes. They should have been forced, by endorsements and funding boycotts, to drop out.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Good for Rush. That’s not what I was implying, thanks for putting words in my mouth.

I said that there was no discipline among the non-Romney camp. Had the non-Romney camp picked somebody, anybody, that person would have easily won.

Did I go too fast for you?

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

You ‘win this thing’, Mittens Wrongney, and all of America will LOSE.

MelonCollie on January 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

It’s not the base that let anybody down, it’s the A-Team, who decided not to show up this time around.

Purple Fury on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

That’s exactly right. The fault does not lie with Mitt that he has no viable competition. I really wanted Daniels to run. I came around to being enthusiastic for Mitt later but I still wish we could have had 2 strong contenders battle over ideas instead of it being Mitt by default.

MJBrutus on January 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I’d rather watch a marathon of “Murder She Wrote” than listen to Mitt Romney in another interview. Horrible, horrible, politician. It’s like hearing a robot. It’s.. it’s so insincere.

apocalypse on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Being shoved down your throats by your fellow Republicans voting in the primaries. It’s called democracy, you tool (or would you prefer to be called a stupid pile of dung) I suggest you abandon this moronic crybaby meme and adopt instead angyed’s Romney is a squish who won’t run hard against Obama. It’s only 99% as stupid.

Basilsbest on January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

WRONG yourself tool! Iowa is an open primary ( you do know what an open primary means don’t you beast? Anyone and their mother can show up pick the GOP winner) so NO, Romney is being shoved down our throats by the elite who know all the ins and outs of shoving RINOS down the throats of the PEOPLE!

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Christie, Daniels, Ryan, Pence, Jeb (maybe), are more demonstrably, and more consistently, conservative than Romney. That’s why it’s such a shame that none of them caught any fire.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Wait what? I have been told by the Mittbots over the past 2 months that Romney is the mostest conservative ever. Now all of a sudden he’s less conservative than Christie? Come on Mittbots, make up your minds.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

How does this race not end up worse than 2008?

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

breaking news- Ron Paul admits Mitt Romney the author of newsletter racist columns

davemason2k on January 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Speaking of Huntsman,Newts about to get knocked off,ahem
(Politically) that is!
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Huntsman tells voters

he will take over Gingrich for third place in a new NH poll tomorrow
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#fitn #decision2012Story metadata:
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canopfor on January 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Who knew? Last I checked it wasn’t a primary at all. When did they change from being a caucus?

MJBrutus on January 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Wait what? I have been told by the Mittbots over the past 2 months that Romney is the mostest conservative ever. Now all of a sudden he’s less conservative than Christie? Come on Mittbots, make up your minds.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Who are you calling a Mittbot, Obama drone?

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM
Being shoved down your throats by your fellow Republicans voting in the primaries. It’s called democracy, you tool (or would you prefer to be called a stupid pile of dung) I suggest you abandon this moronic crybaby meme and adopt instead angyed’s Romney is a squish who won’t run hard against Obama. It’s only 99% as stupid.

Basilsbest on January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

You tell me, genius. There has not been a SINGLE VOTE CAST YET and yet, the establishment, FNC, anyone else that wants us to vote for a squishy pile of dung that won’t embarrass them by being principled or conservative, are shoving him down our throats. I think you probably fall into the FOURTH category here..the one that that likes the way his slacks fall just so and you want to be first in line under his podium. No sloppy seconds for you, Mittbot.
Dunghole.

HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Romney wont halt his campaign in the middle of an economic meltdown and hes running against a President during one of the worst economies in decades. Thats how it wont end up worse. He also has appeal to females, independents and blue collar Hillary voters. The young people are not going to show up in the large numbers they did last time, Democratic enthusiasm is at its lowest levels in decades. To compare this election to 2008 is a false comparison, totally different circumstances.

nswider on January 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I don’t understand how Iowa and New Hampshire eliminates Gov. Perry or Newt, aren’t they expected to do better in the South?

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

If Mitt is the nominee and loses to Obama, a real possibility, the GOP is done, probably forever.

Speakup on January 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

bluealice on January 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

What? With all the Mittens bashing on this thread, you’re saying what to me? I’m not a hater. In fact, I think he’ll win the nom, but wanted to point out that perception is a powerful thing. As Allah indicated, braggadocio isn’t Mitt’s MO and could be construed as arrogance. Enough said.

Slainte on January 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Huh? They did spend a lot of money to get Gingrich out.

if he can eliminate Gingrich and Perry in Iowa he will win nomination.

I;m sure he was talking about the nomination and not Iowa.
still he is confident.

gerrym51 on January 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Whomever the nominee is, and, yes, I am afraid it’s going to be Romney, CAN win, but will ONLY win by taking it TO Obama.

No conceding that Obama isn’t a threat.

Balls to the wall in using Dear Idiot’s words AGAINST HIM. See Ed Morrissey’s excellent compilation of “Obamateurisms”.

wildcat72 on January 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Mitt’s father George W. Romeny, born in one of the Mormon colonies in Mexico – on July 8, 1907. Dual citizenship is not natural born.

Capt-Dax on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

George moved back to the US when he was young with his parents…Mitt was born in Detroit Michigan. Google before you speak.

rich801 on January 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

In real life, a tool is a person who spends over 12 hours a day posting over 100 posts a day on a political website.

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Basilsbest on January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Trolls are also disgusting creatures who smell bad.

WhatNot on January 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

You tell me, genius. There has not been a SINGLE VOTE CAST YET and yet, the establishment, FNC, anyone else that wants us to vote for a squishy pile of dung that won’t embarrass them by being principled or conservative, are shoving him down our throats. I think you probably fall into the FOURTH category here..the one that that likes the way his slacks fall just so and you want to be first in line under his podium. No sloppy seconds for you, Mittbot.
Dunghole.

HornetSting on January 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Why dont you go start your own party HornetSting? Call it the wild party. woooopeeeee!

Us Republican are picking Mitt Romney and we are taking back the White House. Youre welcome.

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Trolls are also disgusting creatures who smell bad.

WhatNot on January 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Im sure you do.

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

In real life, a tool is a person who spends over 12 hours a day posting over 100 posts a day on a political website.

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Ummm.

sharrukin on January 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Who knew? Last I checked it wasn’t a primary at all. When did they change from being a caucus?

MJBrutus on January 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM

OMG. Brutus. I haven’t seen you around for a while and it’s been so nice. Is the Caucus open Brutus? Is it?

Still nippin’ around the anal retentive edges like a rabid poodle eh Brutus..?

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

In 20 years, we will be putting a fifth person on Mount Rushmore….Mitt Romney.

Check that…we will blast off TR’s face, since he sucked, and we will replace it with Mitt Romney. Cant wait.

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Did you read the post? Opening line: “For any other candidate, this would be shrugged off as the motivational boilerplate that it is…” I realize that this is standard stuff for politicians. My point is that Romney isn’t really a standard politician in this respect. Allahpundit on January 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Yes. Did you read my comment? Romney’s speech was standard boilerplate. Even exceptional candidates use standard boilerplate most of the time. You are trying to make something out of nothing. Good grief, Romney’s human, just like the rest of us.

Basilsbest on January 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Romney in Iowa: “We’re going to win this thing”

Reminds me of what he said on February 5, 2008…

“We’re gonna keep on battling. We’re gonna go all the way to the convention. We’re gonna win this thing, and we’re gonna get in the White House.”

Less than 48 hours later he broke that promise, quit the race, and lied about his reasons for quitting…

“Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror”

He quit when he should have kept fighting. He lied when he claimed that his reasons for quitting had anything to do with terrorism.

And then a week after he quit, he “released” his delegates to McCain, in an effort to hand the nomination to him on a silver platter, while Mike Huckabee was still fighting on. Huckabee won one state’s primary with 60% of the vote after Romney quit. (Which means that it is not a given that McCain was going to win all primaries from there on out). Romney should have stayed in, like Huckabee and Ron Paul did, and McCain would have run out of public financing money. Without any money, McCain would likely have taken a nosedive.

Romney, Huckabe, and Paul didn’t have to reach 1191 pledged delegates. All they had to do was win enough of the remaining primaries to keep McCain from reaching 1191 pledged delegates, and it would have gone to a brokered convention, from which a candidate more conservative than McCain would have likely emerged.

Romney should have kept his word and kept fighting.

Instead, he broke his word, quit, lied about his reasons for quitting, and handed his delegates over to McCain.

That is why I cannot trust the man.

He sold out his integrity for a chance for it to be “his turn” in 2012.

ITguy on January 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

It would be fantastic in Mitt won in Iowa, but I doubt it will happen. And the #2 reason I want Mitt to win in Iowa? To make HotAir.com commenters depressed.

ParisParamus on January 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Us Republican are picking Mitt Romney and we are taking back the White House. Youre welcome.

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

This oaf is so freaking scripted it’s quite entertaining and yet dump worthy too. He’s paid.

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Romney wont halt his campaign in the middle of an economic meltdown and hes running against a President during one of the worst economies in decades. Thats how it wont end up worse. He also has appeal to females, independents and blue collar Hillary voters. The young people are not going to show up in the large numbers they did last time, Democratic enthusiasm is at its lowest levels in decades. To compare this election to 2008 is a false comparison, totally different circumstances.

nswider on January 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

1) Females don’t like Mitt. I’m a female. I know females. That is a false assumption.
2) Hillary supporters do not like Mitt. I don’t know where you get these “factoids” but the ones that I know do not. They, in fact, loathe him.
3) Youth voters will not show up for both parties.
4) With Mitt as the nominee, Republican enthusiasm will be at its lowest.
5) I said this is worse than 2008. With McCain, we at least had military experience.

:)

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Enjoy Mitt as nominee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc0QFc9qaGw

evergreenland on January 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Comparisons of Romney to McCain are asinine.

1. McCain WAS Washington DC. Romney, like Reagan, can run against DC. Huge distinction when running against an incumbent president.

2. McCain didn’t WANT to be president; McCain wanted to be NOMINATED for president. McCain stupidly told the American people they had nothing to fear from an Obama presidency.

3. McCain couldn’t string 3 coherent sentences together, on top of which he mumbled. Romney, by contrast, is sharp, telegenic, articulate, and quick on his feet.

Romney wants to LEAD this nation to peace and prosperity. Romney is already SOUNDING like a president.

matthew8787 on January 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

gerrym51 on January 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Historically, the race cannot be won in Iowa but it sure can be lost there. IIRC, no candidate has lost both NH and IA and won SC. If history holds, then it bodes poorly for those who don’t win IA given the NH is undoubtedly in Mitt’s pocket.

In a state that is as dominated by evangelicals as IA, a poor showing by Bachmann, Perry and Newt pretty much seal their fates. If Romney wins, his competition will effectively have self-destructed. Mitt has been brilliant in that he has ensured that he will be in position to win. He hasn’t done a thing to take himself out of contention. He has also left himself in perfect position to attack Obama and prepare for the general election.

MJBrutus on January 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Gov. Romney better hope that the others don’t capitulate too quickly, wouldn’t he be better for some opposition? Obama isn’t going to give him the kid glove treatment he has received so far.

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM

“We’re going to win this thing”

O/T:

What a Rose Bowl game! Football open thread in the Greenroom.

Now back to Romney as our newly media-elected President.

Rovin on January 2, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I’m from massachusetts. I like Romney and will vote for him.

He is however a moderate with some conservative parts.

gerrym51 on January 2, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I don’t understand how Iowa and New Hampshire eliminates Gov. Perry or Newt, aren’t they expected to do better in the South?

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

The standard meme ignores that Iowa and NH are not winner take all this year. Some folks speak from an old playbook and are reluctant to have new thoughts.

Mitt should be allowed to robotically motivate his supporters with talk of winning. Just don’t take it too seriously.

If Iowa makes one or two Not-Romneys drop out, it hurts Mitt.

WhatNot on January 2, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Soon it’ll all be over for those folks — and they can feel free to stay home in November if they want to be so stupid.

Esoteric on January 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Nice… don’t you love our resident Mittbots?

Nope, Esoteric, if Romney is the nominee – I won’t be staying home. I will vote for Obama and will love it.

Anybody but Romney even in the general.

TheRightMan on January 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Jailbreak has lost even troll status.

Your posts are just stupid… ppfffttt

katy on January 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Midwestprincesse on January 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

1. Based on polls, he does better with females, as one myself I guess we cancel each other out, lol.

2. Polls again.

3. Youth voters 18-26 are overwhemlmingly democratic, not showing up is a good thing, effect of Republicans minimal if at all.

4. Disagree, it always seems that way in campaigns, Palin brought the base out, his VP choice and the dynamics of the campaign will bring out most of the base and he will more then make up for the hold outs with independents.

5. Your saying its worse based on your own opinion of Romney, your not looking at it objectively.

nswider on January 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

FL GOP primary voter here.

Nothing motivates me to vote against Mitt like the MSM and Romney aides telling me to sit back & enjoy it, he’s inevitable.

Like hell.

Purple Fury on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

What part of “We’re going to win this thing” brings to mind “sit back and enjoy it”? He’s a politician the night before voting, predicting a win. Politicians do that. Sheesh. You can be for some other guy without whipping out bizarre rape scenarios against his opponents, unless, you know, you’re a democrat.

Rational Thought on January 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM

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