Romney surrogate in New Hampshire: This is not about picking someone who shares your beliefs and principles

posted at 9:52 pm on January 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Well, there you go. Never will you hear the core principle of the Romney campaign stated so succinctly. Just one question: If he’s right that electability matters to the exclusion of all else, shouldn’t he be backing Huntsman?

I’m giving you two clips to whet your appetite for tomorrow night’s feast of acrimony, one of this guy Lambert uttering his shut-up-and-fall-in-line pitch for Romney and the other of Gingrich’s latest media therapy session to work out his rage over Mitt’s Super PAC attack ads. I know you’re bored with him complaining, but trust me and watch. It’s his most entertaining Romney-bashing interview yet, replete with Newt challenging Mitt to show those attack ads to his grandkids, calmly assuring Matthews that Romney won’t be the nominee, and wondering aloud whether anyone can name a single conservative accomplishment from Romney’s tenure in Massachusetts. Even more interesting is the fact that Matthews has dumped on Gingrich publicly for years, occasionally in diabolical terms. Here’s a valentine from “Hardball” in mid-December:

“They are about to begin the nomination for president of a figure who represents the Mephistopheles of what they preach: He is nasty, brutal, ready to fight and kill politically, a man of no discernible commitments or values – who has nothing to offer but a sharp-as-hell intellect and a wicked rapier of words,” Matthews continued, pausing only for air.

“Why are they on the verge of enlisting in the Army of Newt? Because he voices in cold, nasty, deadly tones the words of their contempt. Because he an opportunist ready to seek any route to his opponent’s heart and thereby kill it,” said Matthews.

Gingrich must have some inkling of Matthews’s contempt for him, even if he’s not watching “Hardball” every day, yet the opportunity for another megaphone through which to hector Romney was apparently irresistible. According to Greta Van Susteren, one of Newt’s lawyers is now sending letters to TV stations warning them not to air certain Romney Super PAC ads which they claim are defamatory. Meanwhile, Newt is set to roll out his own attack ads in South Carolina alleging that RomneyCare provided taxpayer money for abortions in Massachusetts, even though a Massachusetts court decision apparently left Romney with no options on that at the time. Bottom line: Tomorrow’s debate might end up being more hard-hitting than the Lions/Saints game.

By the way, you know all those stories you’ve been reading about how Romney’s preparing for a months-long slog to the nomination? Change of plans. Go read Jay Cost to understand why we’re in this predicament and why we’re likely to end up here again and again and again. Click the image to watch.

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matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

NOTHING in Romney’s past tells us he will govern any different than he did in MA.

He is a progressive, and although he may not take us over the cliff a la “Thelma and Louise” at that speed, we will still continue on the path towards the cliff.

Look, he is just not going to get high turnout of conservative voters.

He will lose.

And if he loses, it will be HIS FAULT, not the fault of American voters who simply don’t trust, are not excited by, and simply think he is out of touch.

Stop it with the stupid nonsense.

You remind me of the foolish people that think they are going to change the mind of a Paul supporter in 5 minutes after simply…discussing an issue with them.

Romney … IS…DEAD…to millions and millions of GOP and independent votes and especially outside the blue northeast from Maryland up to Maine.

Romney is a narrow ‘regional’ candidate and has NEVER been right of center in his governing.

We don’t hate the guy. We simply KNOW WHO HE IS.

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM

29Victor on January 7, 2012 at 3:39 PM

The difference is I deal with the facts in what I state. You are emoting and making assumptions of fact that are incorrect.

ray on January 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Absurd to suggest that Romney won’t carry Ohio. In fact, the RATS are terrified that Romney will carry not just Ohio but PA and MI as well – particularly given the Romney family roots in MI.

We want a Romney-Rubio ticket or comparable because we will be fighting on Blue turf. We might not win all of these states, but we’ll make the RATS go broke defending states like NJ, PA, CT, MI, WI, OH. Indiana and NC are already back in the GOP column. Hell, Romney will run so strong in New England that Obama will lose NH and likely Maine and have to fight for MA and CT.

This is electoral chess. Romney is clearly the most formidable in the general.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM

You remind me of the foolish people that think they are going to change the mind of a Paul supporter in 5 minutes after simply…discussing an issue with them. KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM

NO ONE is going to be able to change the mind of a Paul supporter.

Bluray on January 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Mitt is to the Right of just about everybody on illegal immigration.

itsnotaboutme on January 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

You Rombots STILL do not get it.

Romney is NOT to the right of the other candidates on illegal immigration. HIS WORDS ARE!

We simply know not to trust what comes out of his mouth.

A lot can be said for trust in a candidate. He is widely not trusted and he shouldn’t be based on his past actions, words, record.

Yes, it is that simple.

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Uh, Kirk, it will be far easier in the general to get conservatives to vote for Romney than to get independents and soccer Moms to vote for Gingrich, Santorum, or Perry.

That is why Romney has assembled such a huge coalition of congressional and gubernatorial endorsements. These politicians just might understand something about winning general elections. I expect that Jim DeMint will endorse Romney in SC next week.

Romney is not as conservative as I would like, either. But he is 10000 times better than the dangerous nut at 1600 Pennsylvania now. The Supreme Court is at stake.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

ray on January 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

We’d all like to hope you are right.

But you have to agree that it will very easy for the Dems, media, etc. to paint Romney as the cold corporate raider as opposed to the other candidates.

Also, there is the issue of what if Romney wins? Then you are stuck with a moderate to left POTUS who is very likely to a David Souter type on the SCOTUS.

This is not the time to panic and run a weak candidate that even if he wins, we get big government, overspending, huge debt, etc., etc., etc.

We can do better with a candidate who will begin the process of moving the..’Overton window’ slowly back from the way left place it is towards the middle.

Mitt cannot do that. He is running for Mitt, not the country, and the GOP electorate senses this.

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Politics is not softball. If Newt wilts under the Romney ads, how the Hell would he bear up against Axelrod.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Your premise is crap, junior. The Romney PAC dumped $6 million on Newt for the Iowa caucus…that’s less than 150k votes, total. In addition to that, every RINO commentator with a microphone, or access to print, has been delivering daily smear jobs on him since the day he demonstrated traction in the polls.

Secondly, it seems your post is a prime example of the typical Romney supporter: You absolutely love to dish it out, but when it comes back your way, it’s somehow petulant, petty, hissy-fit, juvenile, blah, blah, blah.

Newt is a serious politician and your guy is engaged in level-10 slime against a fellow Republican. Fratricide is absolutely disgusting. I’m going to enjoy Newt finally release the dogs of war on your pseudo-conservative poster boy. Let’s just see how he holds up under serious fire, shall we? After all, if he can’t take it, how the hell will he survive Axelrod, d-bag?????

MTLassen on January 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

You still don’t get it.

Imagine just for a second how incredibly arrogant, insulting, condescending, are the words of this guy Lambert?

Think about it. Just stop yourself and think about it.

He’s saying basically to eliminate the primary process for GOP voters to VOTE for a candidate, and be assigned a candidate from the elitists. He is basically talking like some politburo member who knows that elections are a sham and WE are the powers and you WILL accept the gruel we shovel towards you. These are Romney’s people.

And people think Obama has an ‘imperial’ presidency. Well, the GOP has the ‘imperial’ primary.

You are going to have to do MUCH MUCH better in your efforts to sell Romney to the other 75% of the GOP.

And, it will be extremely difficult to do that selling us Romney since he is such a weak, principleless, spineless, wooden, big government Rockefellerite Repub.

Telling us in effect we are just too ignorant and stupid to make this decision is NOT THE BEST WAY TO ATTRACT GOP VOTERS TO MITT.

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:42 PM

For all Romney haters: if he is elected President, he will have to govern right-center or he will face a fatal primary challenge in 2016 from his Right. Romney will also be aided by a GOP House and Senate majority. Romney will pay particular attention to the conservative base w jdicial appts, fiscal policy, and national defense.

Otherwise, he won’t be re-elected. So it is in his self-interest to govern right-center consistent w his mandate.

But don’t let common sense interrupt your irrational diatribe.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

And if you believe that, have I got a Bridge to Nowhere, Alaska, to sell you.

Face it, the damage is done to the credibility of the Status Quo wing of the Republican party. Let me rattle off some of the reason why us Conservatives have no interest in supporting a RINO like Romney.:
-John McCain
-Dede Scozzafava/NY-23
-Arlen Specter
-Olympia Snowe
-Susan Collins
-Scott Brown
-Lindsay Grahamnesty

Shall I keep going? Or do you understand my “Irrational Diatribe” now?

Razgriez on January 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM

MTLassen on January 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I’m in Iowa and yes, Mittens broke the 11th with millions of dollars from his campaign and twice that in superPAC money to trash Gingrich.

And yes, that negative add campaign made a big difference here.

That kind of trashing of our own that Romney forces continue to commit make it damn near impossible to vote for him in the general let alone work for his campaign on the phones and more importantly knocking on doors and persuading voters.

Obama is just a syptom of the problem: progressivism/statism.

Voting for Romney is ssssslllllooooowwwwww death for the country.

We need relentless reform now.

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Suit yourself. It is not my job to sell you on Romney, Gingrich, Obama or anybody else.

I am voting for ABO because the Supreme Court is at stake and any GOP president will nominate strict constructionists.

Romney’s lead guy on judicial appointments – for those who might be unaware – is Judge Robert Bork.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Suit yourself. It is not my job to sell you on Romney, Gingrich, Obama or anybody else.

I am voting for ABO because the Supreme Court is at stake and any GOP president will nominate strict constructionists.

Romney’s lead guy on judicial appointments – for those who might be unaware – is Judge Robert Bork.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You need to go back and examine the history of the SCOTUS and WHO put them there.

Start with David Souter. Just because he’s had lunch with Bork means nothing.

Romney is NOT likely to pick and vigorously defend a suggestion from Bork.

Someone like Palin or Paul would stand by a pick they made with advice from Judge Bork.

Romney won’t. He lacks a history of rocking the boat politically.

He will not stand for what is right.

He is perceived to be words, and not action a moral stamina.

The media will roll him out there int he bubble of DC.

We need somebody else.

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Nice subterfuge, d-bag. My eyes see Romney’s record and that of his allies. John Sununu put David Souter on SCOTUS. ALL of them put fakes in the judiciary.

Try again, troll.

MTLassen on January 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I have officially had ENUFF!

If these idiot politicians and their minions are going to keep saddling us with boring boorish crap-slinging two-year presidential campaigns, then they should shut up and run the course through.

And cut the crap with the predictions, along with all the other dung, feces and manure-spewed possibilities, about how people, stupid and uninformed or not, are going to decide who to vote for.

Maybe few recall that Obumbler didn’t have his delegate pledge count wrapped up until June in 2008, and, oh, Hillary Clinton actually had a few hundred thousand more primary votes than the fake messiah.

I’m sick of listening to the media morons, pundits, strategists and politicians with their endless forecasting of the outcomes and how this ‘n’ that or the other thing can or can’t happen. If these penny ante prophets really can predict the future, then why are they wasting their gifts on a stupid election? Why not just peer into their crystal balls and freakin’ tell us what to do to fix our crumbling country and be done with it? Otherwise stfu.

No, let’s not wrap this up now. As I often remind people about sports: there’s a reason why they play. So let’s allow the primary election process to run its full course and allow all the people who choose to, to speak with their votes.

Oh, and would someone tell that little John McCain hobbit to shut up and return to Middle Earth already–having defeated no one.

stukinIL4now on January 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Just a quick reminder: Michele Bachmann is the GREATEST conservative candidate in the 2012 RACE. Here’s a toast to a campaign of INTEGRITY

apocalypse on January 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Integrity my ass! She out-right LIED about Perry. The only reason she got in was to try to ‘one-up Palin and then she became a stalking horse for Mitt. She’s a classless political hack.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

…you are evil

apocalypse on January 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

This is electoral chess. Romney is clearly the most formidable in the general.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

I look so forward to pointing my finger right at your face and LMFAO when Obama steamrolls over Mittens in a 11-point landslide.

Until then, for the rest of us on HotGas, we better Gerd our Oswalds and prepare for 2016.

Myron Falwell on January 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I have officially had ENUFF!

If these idiot politicians and their minions are going to keep saddling us with boring boorish crap-slinging two-year presidential campaigns, then they should shut up and run the course through.

And cut the crap with the predictions, along with all the other dung, feces and manure-spewed possibilities, about how people, stupid and uninformed or not, are going to decide who to vote for.

Maybe few recall that Obumbler didn’t have his delegate pledge count wrapped up until June in 2008, and, oh, Hillary Clinton actually had a few hundred thousand more primary votes than the fake messiah.

I’m sick of listening to the media morons, pundits, strategists and politicians with their endless forecasting of the outcomes and how this ‘n’ that or the other thing can or can’t happen. If these penny ante prophets really can predict the future, then why are they wasting their gifts on a stupid election? Why not just peer into their crystal balls and freakin’ tell us what to do to fix our crumbling country and be done with it? Otherwise stfu.

No, let’s not wrap this up now. As I often remind people about sports: there’s a reason why they play. So let’s allow the primary election process to run its full course and allow all the people who choose to, to speak with their votes.

Oh, and would someone tell that little John McCain hobbit to shut up and return to Middle Earth already–having defeated no one.

stukinIL4now on January 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

^^^ THIS!!! ^^^

Myron Falwell on January 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Uh, Kirk, it will be far easier in the general to get conservatives to vote for Romney than to get independents and soccer Moms to vote for Gingrich, Santorum, or Perry.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Not this conservative. I am sick of being taken for granted and I’m sick of being told to vote for Tweedledee because the country is in danger if Tweedledum gets re-elected. This thread has a number of posts from people who seem to feel the same way. We’re not voting for this smarmy Obama-lite just because he puts an (R) after his name and ran a corporation that gobbled up other corporations. If the independents and moderates will never vote for anyone who would actually fight the people who benefit from the country being saddled with a bloated federal-government behemoth, then this country is headed for collapse, and voting for Romney won’t fix that.

So why should I vote to give the GOP their turn at the pig trough?

Aitch748 on January 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

NOTHING in Romney’s past tells us he will govern any different than he did in MA.

Look, he is just not going to get high turnout of conservative voters.

Stop it with the stupid nonsense.

Romney … IS…DEAD…to millions and millions of GOP and independent votes and especially outside the blue northeast from Maryland up to Maine.

Romney is a narrow ‘regional’ candidate and has NEVER been right of center in his governing.

We don’t hate the guy. We simply KNOW WHO HE IS.

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Romney is NOT to the right of the other candidates on illegal immigration. HIS WORDS ARE!

KirknBurker on January 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Great Stuff Kirk!

noeastern on January 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Uh, Kirk, it will be far easier in the general to get conservatives to vote for Romney than to get independents and soccer Moms to vote for Gingrich, Santorum, or Perry.

matthew8787 on January 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

That’s what the republican establishment has be peddling for as long as I can remember and now we are 17,000,000,000 dollars in debt. Don’t you think it’s time to jump off this merry-go-round?

noeastern on January 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Not this conservative. I am sick of being taken for granted and I’m sick of being told to vote for Tweedledee because the country is in danger if Tweedledum gets re-elected. This thread has a number of posts from people who seem to feel the same way. We’re not voting for this smarmy Obama-lite just because he puts an (R) after his name and ran a corporation that gobbled up other corporations. If the independents and moderates will never vote for anyone who would actually fight the people who benefit from the country being saddled with a bloated federal-government behemoth, then this country is headed for collapse, and voting for Romney won’t fix that.

So why should I vote to give the GOP their turn at the pig trough?

Aitch748 on January 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

You shouldn’t and I won’t either. That makes two of us so far. My wife just signed on also, now we are three.

noeastern on January 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Oh no! Romney will be without his little bulldog Michelle Bachmann tonight. Never really bought Bachmann’s authentic conservative resume. I think she is a fraud and her endorsement of Romney will prove this point.

jjnco73 on January 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Not this conservative. I am sick of being taken for granted and I’m sick of being told to vote for Tweedledee because the country is in danger if Tweedledum gets re-elected. This thread has a number of posts from people who seem to feel the same way. We’re not voting for this smarmy Obama-lite just because he puts an (R) after his name and ran a corporation that gobbled up other corporations. If the independents and moderates will never vote for anyone who would actually fight the people who benefit from the country being saddled with a bloated federal-government behemoth, then this country is headed for collapse, and voting for Romney won’t fix that.

So why should I vote to give the GOP their turn at the pig trough?

Aitch748 on January 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

You shouldn’t and I won’t either. That makes two of us so far. My wife just signed on also, now we are three.

noeastern on January 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Add me to the list. And I betcha there’s millions more like us that the GOP establishment is sorely misunderestimating.

We won’t bow down and kiss Romney’s gold RINO ring because he’s their choice for anointing as keeper of the pig trough… and because it’s “his turn” [to lose].

Myron Falwell on January 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

…you are evil

apocalypse on January 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM
Out-STANDING!
That’s what I was trying for.

///

annoyinglittletwerp on January 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Is it too much to ask those who oppose Palin which of her political positions they find objectionable, rather than simply parrot the same tired personal nastiness?
Ohio will not be a slam-dunk for the Republicans especially if Romney is inflicted upon us. It is not reality about Bain, but perception. Nearly all of the major newspapers are liberal, and they will have a field day howling about the heartless greedy money grubbers attacks on the working man. Remember, public union reform was defeated by the massive propaganda campaign of the Democrats. The only advantage the Republicans have over 2008 is that the sleazy Jennifer Brunner is no longer here to corrupt the election.

FirelandsO3 on January 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Not this conservative. I am sick of being taken for granted and I’m sick of being told to vote for Tweedledee because the country is in danger if Tweedledum gets re-elected. This thread has a number of posts from people who seem to feel the same way. We’re not voting for this smarmy Obama-lite just because he puts an (R) after his name and ran a corporation that gobbled up other corporations. If the independents and moderates will never vote for anyone who would actually fight the people who benefit from the country being saddled with a bloated federal-government behemoth, then this country is headed for collapse, and voting for Romney won’t fix that.

So why should I vote to give the GOP their turn at the pig trough?

Aitch748 on January 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I will never vote for Romney either. I am never holding my nose again. What I am going to do is push the Tea party to take either take control of the GOP or create another party.

I have had it with the country club RINOs.

dogsoldier on January 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

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