Did Sarah Palin really say Mitt Romney is our weakest candidate?

posted at 4:50 pm on January 10, 2012 by Tina Korbe

On “Hannity” last night, Newt Gingrich responded to the news that Todd Palin had endorsed him for president — and made a point to mention that Sarah Palin has said recently that “Mitt Romney is our weakest candidate.” But did Sarah Palin really say that?

Not exactly. On the Fox News show “Justice with Judge Jeanine” Saturday, Palin said she thinks the mainstream media wants Mitt Romney to be the nominee so as to enhance Barack Obama’s chances at reelection.

Palin said the mainstream media would take a hands-off approach to Romney “in order to bolster Romney’s chances” to “finally face Obama.”

According to Palin, the mainstream media and Obama would then portray Romney as someone who is out of touch with regular Americans in the general election.

“They are already gearing up to portray him, accurately or inaccurately … as being out of touch with the working class,” Palin said, noting that Romney’s wealth and perfect family may make it easy to paint him as someone “being a bit out of touch from working and middle class Americans and from the challenges we all face.”

 

How did that become Sarah Palin saying Mitt Romney is the weakest candidate? Simple: Rush Limbaugh referenced SP’s comments in connection with remarks from NBC/MSNBC’s Donna Brazile, who did say Democrats think Romney is the GOP’s “weakest candidate.” Here’s the transcript:

RUSH: There is a story on the Drudge Report today from Sarah Palin in which Sarah Palin says that the White House wants Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee. Now, not only did I tell you that the Broncos were gonna beat the Steelers, for months I have been telling you that the Democrats want Romney — and you all know it. You’ve been listening here and you’ve heard people call me and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about, that I’m full of it, that they’re scared of Romney. “Romney is the only guy who can win.” And I have said, “No,” and I’ve stood tough, and I’ve said, “They can’t wait for him. What’s Occupy Wall Street all about but running against Romney? He’s the Wall Street guy on our roster — and then Romneycare,” and I’ve laid it all out. So here comes Palin, she says it, and makes news — and Donna Brazile has said it. This is post-debate coverage on ABC Saturday night. George Stephanopoulos, Democrat Party hack disguised as the debate moderator on ABC, had this discussion with Jon Karl and Donna Brazile.

BRAZILE: Mitt Romney won tonight because no one touched him — and for Democrats, you know what? It was good news for us.

KARL: Why is that?

BRAZILE: Because we believe that the weakest candidate is the candidate that the Republicans are not attackin’, and that’s Mitt Romney.

So, it was Rush who connected the dots for Newt. Rush assumes Democrats would want Republicans to nominate their weakest candidate. Sarah Palin has said she thinks Democrats want the GOP to nominate Romney (and, lo and behold, per Brazile, they actually do!). Thus, Sarah Palin must think Romney is the GOP’s weakest candidates.

But that’s not actually airtight logic. Perhaps Sarah doesn’t think Democrats would want Republicans to nominate their weakest candidate. Maybe she just thinks Democrats think Mitt is the weakest, but she herself thinks she’s strong.

So, Newt technically said Sarah said something she didn’t exactly say. At this point, though, he’ll say whatever to weaken Romney. Still, Newt’s comment didn’t come out of nowhere; Palin has given the impression she thinks Romney is a weak enough candidate to be effectively discredited as a presidential potential by the MSM.

All of that aside, the bigger issue is: Are Sarah and Rush right? Was Donna Brazile speaking truth? Do Democrats want Romney because they’re confident Obama would destroy him in the general? And, if so, would any of the other candidates stand a better chance?

Update: This post originally incorrectly identified Donna Brazile as primarily affiliated with ABC, when she is, in fact, an NBC/MSNBC contributor. The post has been corrected above.


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I can completely understand not wanting Mitt to be the nominee, but if we’re purely looking through an electability lens, the idea that Romney is the most unelectable Republican in the race is straight up retarded, especially coming from the most unelectable Republican on the planet Sarah Palin. If that were the case, it would show up in the polls. Instead, EVERY single poll shows Romney doing better than EVERY single other Republican running in this race. Period.

BradTank on January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

And Obama’s never had a job outside of politics. Mr. Arugula would do well to remember that.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Yes, for most of Obamas’ life he wasn’t exactly “poor” or middle class.He had servants as a boy in Indonesia and in Hawaii he attended Punaho which is not exactly for the “little” people either….

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Romney has lived in mansions his whole life.

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Yep, I’m sure that place in France he was at for two years while preaching for the LDS Church was a Temple…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

When was Obama middle class? Who paid for his education?

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

lol are you saying Obama’s grandparents were wealthy millionaires?
Are you saying he was living in mansions in Hawaii and Indonesia?
Do you really guys want to compare Obama’s childhood to Romney?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Yep; Mitt is the weakest candidate… that why he lost Iowa, and is losing NH…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Christine O’Donnell won the DE primary. Didn’t make her a good candidate for the general.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Obama lived a middle class life with Michelle Obama in a 1 bedroom apartment in the south-side of Chicago. Romney has lived in mansions his whole life. This is not an argument your side can win.

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Sure, MO’s $300,000 salary as a VP of “community relations” at the University of Chicago hospital is middle class. Riiiiiiight.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

When was Obama middle class? Who paid for his education?

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

My hippie sister said he worked his way through college.

I dropped it.

Axe on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Ah, but the point you Romney folks continue to miss – for months now – is that blunt fact that Romney as candidate removes Obama’s LARGEST vulnerability from the debate entirely: Obamacare.

With Romney as candidate, there will be no daily grind reminding voters of how much they detest Obamacare – it simply will not be an issue. If Romney even mutters the word, he’ll be so resoundingly nuked and humiliated as a stark-raving hypocrite by every news channel and comedian, he won’t know what the hell hit him.

Romney’s the only GOP candidate who can serve this up on a platter for Obama.

And he knows it.

And Obama & Co. know it.

And the media knows it.

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Great point, Midas, but it’s even worse than that. A Mitt nomination also neutralizes Obama’s abysmal record on unemployment. As soon as Mandate Mitt attacks Obama for his jobs record, Team Obama will have a field day with Mitt’s Bain capital record, trotting out sob story after sob story about so and so being laid off due to Bain’s plant closures, etc. Of course this is calumny, but we’re talking about Democrats, and Mitt will be the perfect foil for Obama’s class warfare campaign.

To sum up, a Mitt nomination removes two of Obama’s biggest vulnerabilities from the table: ObamaCare and unemployment. So yes, Democrats do want to face Romney because they couldn’t find a better boogeyman for their planned $1 billion advertising campaign if they ordered one from Hollywood central casting: The noble working class hero, Barack Obama vs. the evil, greedy Mr. Bain Capital. Republicans, for their part, seem more than willing to help out Team Obama by providing them the Mittster on a silver platter. We better get used to ObamaCare, because it’s here to stay.

DB9 on January 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Yep, I’m sure that place in France he was at for two years while preaching for the LDS Church was a Temple…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

It doesn’t matter where he lived in France. He was a millionaire when he went to France (daddy had many millions). He used his French “missionary” and daddy’s money to dodge the draft. Even a liberal uncle of mine served. 5 boys and not even a single in the military, what a disgrace

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

You’re joking right? Ron Paul can’t stand Palin…

Redford on January 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

You’ve got any references to back that statement up? To my knowledge, I’ve never heard Paul disparage Palin.

WisRich on January 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

lol are you saying Obama’s grandparents were wealthy millionaires?
Are you saying he was living in mansions in Hawaii and Indonesia?
Do you really guys want to compare Obama’s childhood to Romney?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Actually, yes.As has been stated, as a member of the Mormon Church you are required to go on mission to serve no matter how “rich” you are.Obama has never served anyone in his life. Everything was handed to him.It has always been all about him…

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Obama lived a middle class life with Michelle Obama in a 1 bedroom apartment in the south-side of Chicago. Romney has lived in mansions his whole life. This is not an argument your side can win.

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Depends on whether someone believes in working hard and getting ahead in life is a bad thing.

Meanwhile, Obama and wife soak up tax payer’s money for $260 a plate meals on vacations, throw lavish secret parties at the WH and treat themselves like King and Queen using other people’s money, while real Americans struggle to put food on the table for their families.

Not to mention, yet Obama brings on yet another “1%er” to his administration that’s already bloated with wall streeters.

America can only tolerate so much liberal hypocrisy.

BruthaMan on January 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Do you really guys want to compare Obama’s childhood to Romney?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Absolutely. I’d love to go year by year in Obama’s life … his friends, his associations, the groups he belonged to, his ideology.

His employment history and his political history.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Weak or not, Romney equals 4 more years of Obama.

Karmi on January 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I support Romney and do not engage in fallacies. I have also extolled his virtues in many posts and have seen others do the same.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Let me guess what they are: beyond the “logically fallacious” glittering generalities like “he’s a sold family man”, the things that are extolled are: his educational background, his business background, and his logically-unprovable myth of “electability” that’s been created around the guy since after the last election. Let me know if I missed anything.

ddrintn on January 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

If that were the case, it would show up in the polls.

BradTank on January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Have you paid any attention to polling so far this primary? The electorate is full of sheep who believe every bad thing said about any candidate. This is why we’ve been having waves of popularity for each candidate, followed by a crash. The same thing is going to happen to Mitt when his detractors get going. The public is going to be horrified at the uncaring greed of Mitt Romney and he will lose. Obama has been setting him up for two years now. That’s what makes him weak, and it’s not a weakness that will reveal itself in the GOP primary. That’s why the polls don’t reflect it.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Christine O’Donnell won the DE primary. Didn’t make her a good candidate for the general.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Which is why we should support the electable guy who doesn’t engage in Occupy Wall Street talk – MITT ROMNEY!!!

1punchWill on January 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM

My hippie sister said he worked his way through college.

I dropped it.

Axe on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

My sympathies

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM

f she think he’s weak, then she should have run. Personally, I wish she would just shutup.

rubberneck on January 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Palin is getting paid a nice salary to give her opinion. If you don’t like it to bad.

oldyeller on January 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Sorry Rush, wrong on this one.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I was absolutely incredulous that he claims Donna Brazile told the truth! I saw that exchange on MSNBC, (which Rush said he didn’t, he just heard about it) and it was laughable. There was no way that Stephanpolous jumped in to “keep the secret”. ALL five of the other pundits on that panel laughed out loud at her.

BettyRuth on January 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

You mnean there’s ytet another one who cares so little what Sarah Palin says that they have to click on a Palin story to tell us how little they care what Palin says?

ddrintn on January 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

No, I was being being funny. Get a grip and lighten up Francis.

JPeterman on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Sure, MO’s $300,000 salary as a VP of “community relations” at the University of Chicago hospital is middle class. Riiiiiiight.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

DO you guys really want to compare Obama’s wealth to Romneys? The man who has spent over 100 million running for office?

Her is one for you romneybots….

Romney does not have a good track record of winning elections…

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Tina I finally understand why you don’t like Palin. She runs circles around you in the area of intelligence. Palin understands excatly why Mitt is our weakest candidate and those idiots that go by polls this early in the ballgame are doomed to lose say hello to 4 more years of Obama if Mitt is the nominee.

unseen on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Christine O’Donnell won the DE primary. Didn’t make her a good candidate for the general.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Be careful. Bringing that up would seem to suggest that a moderate is the better candidate.

Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

we should support the electable guy who doesn’t engage in Occupy Wall Street talk – MITT ROMNEY!!!

1punchWill on January 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM

…except, the public generally agrees with OWS talk. They think corporate greed and GWB caused our current economic problems. Gingrich realizes this and Romney does not.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Romney does not have a good track record of winning elections…

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Maybe it’s because he can’t fire his challengers.

unseen on January 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I dont know about all that. Mitt has mentioned Obamacare an awful lot in these debates and he has not been humiliated, nuked, or labeled stark raving mad. Also, the people being polled for a presidential preference already know about the Mass. health care plan, so the numbers should already reflect this — and he still has the best numbers. What say you to that??

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I say that you haven’t seen the media swinging for the fences on Obama’s behalf in this regard. Yet.

But you will. Let’s have this conversation again after the nomination and compare notes with today’s conversation, shall we?

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

liberal4life

You’re right. There is no comparison of the childhoods of Obama and Romney, or Perry for that matter.

Romney and Perry spend their childhoods in the country of their birth as American citizens.

Obama spent most of his childhood in Indonesian as an Indonesian citizen via his adoption by an Indonesian, which he apparently still is.

Yep. No comparison at all.

Horace on January 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

BradTank on January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM,
Bull. Willard has no chance against Obama when push comes to shove. Palin would have the right message and galvinized conservative force on her side. She would be toughest opponent for Obama, which is she was attacked for 3 years. She powered the 2010 movement against Obama and the Democrats and no doubt would be the nominee if she ran.The GOP needs Sarah Palin. Romney is the weakest candidate.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Gingrich is a moderate, “Reagan conservative” rhetoric notwithstanding. And although it is not necessarily true in every election cycle, only he and Romney (another moderate) have a chance of winning the nomination at this point.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Let me guess what they are: beyond the “logically fallacious” glittering generalities like “he’s a sold family man”, the things that are extolled are: his educational background, his business background, and his logically-unprovable myth of “electability” that’s been created around the guy since after the last election. Let me know if I missed anything.

ddrintn on January 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I must have really got under your skin since you have responded twice to the same post.

First he knows what businesses need to succeed far better than any other candidate. America is not an isolated jobs market any more. We are in competition with the rest of the world. We have dropped in business environment from being #1 to not even in the top 10. Mitt gives us the best chance or being restored to number 1 again, bringing back jobs that have gone or will go overseas.

I have a lot of other reasons but Im at work still and I need to leave at some point today.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

DO you guys really want to compare Obama’s wealth to Romneys? The man who has spent over 100 million running for office?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I know I would. I’d like to know more about Rezko and other nefarious characters where Obama has made shady money.

BruthaMan on January 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

unseen on January 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

It’s good to see you back.

WisRich on January 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

BradTank on January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM,
Romney has a terrible record. He won 1 race in his career. Romney couldn’t even beat McCain!

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Sarah Palin has no special knowledge and Rush hates Romney so I take what they say with a grain or 2 of salt. None of our guys BEAT One-bama.

Obama 48, Romney 43
Obama 53, Gingrich 38
Obama 51, Santorum 40

NickDeringer on January 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Romney’s the only GOP candidate who can serve this up on a platter for Obama.

And he knows it.

And Obama & Co. know it.

And the media knows it.

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Dead wrong on this- America hates Obamacare and Romney has and is able to draw distinctions between the two. All he has to do, (or any candidate) is promise to get rid of it. But nice try!

BettyRuth on January 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Newt may have just blown Obama’s October Surprise. If Bain had not been mentioned beforehand, imagine the reaction if a video and sobbing victims suddenly appeared just before the election. Perception is everything in elections. Obama told us what he was going to do in 2008, But too many were mesmerized by the image. Conservatives can defend capitalism until they’re blue in the face, but here in Ohio where there are vacant fields where steel mills formerly existed and small towns where local businesses were bought and then dumped, the accusations of vulture capitalism could easily resonate with enough voters to give Obama the state.

FirelandsO3 on January 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

First he knows what businesses need to succeed far better than any other candidate.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

…because he made a living out of dismantling and offshoring them?

Sure, that makes sense.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

DO you guys really want to compare Obama’s wealth to Romneys? The man who has spent over 100 million running for office?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Yes, I do. I want to compare everything between the two.

- Parents
- Childhood
- Religion
- Mentors
- Schools AND grades
- Jobs
- Friends

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Remember all you Romneybots, Mitt Romney could even beat McCain. It is doubtful that he would have beaten Palin if she ran, but she wants the Presidency which is why she is probably til 2016.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Gingrich is a moderate, “Reagan conservative” rhetoric notwithstanding. And although it is not necessarily true in every election cycle, only he and Romney (another moderate) have a chance of winning the nomination at this point.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

They’re all moderates on one thing or another, and I think any of them will beat obama. The general will be a referendum on obama and he will lose.

Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

unseen

I hope you haven’t taken your Sarah posters down. I certainly haven’t.

Horace on January 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

NickDeringer on January 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Why do you think those polls will remain static? If there’s been one constant in this election, it’s the complete unreliability of polling one week to predict polling a month away.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Sure, MO’s $300,000 450,000 salary as a VP of “community relations” at the University of Chicago hospital is middle class. Riiiiiiight.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

…where all she did was patient-dumping, which is illegal. Plus, they are holding the job for her.

To the liberal idiot on the thread, Obama grew up with the first female VP of a bank in HI. He was never poor. Quit your nonsense and get yourself informed.

Plus, quit your class warfare, you schmucks on the left. May it all nip you in your azzes, for good. Americans hate it. YOU just don’t get it.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I say that you haven’t seen the media swinging for the fences on Obama’s behalf in this regard. Yet.

But you will. Let’s have this conversation again after the nomination and compare notes with today’s conversation, shall we?

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

For arguments sake lets say Newt or Perry or Santorum get the nod. Do you believe the media is going to be any less vicious with them?Seems those I mentioned and the other candidates have as much or more “baggage” than Romney.Before you attack I don’t particularly like Romney. I wanted Perry, but that’s not going to happen. I will tell you this,with the exception of Ron Paul ,I will be pulling the lever for the Republican nominee. Anything else would be suicide…

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Will Romney fight for Conservatism? Nope

Will Romney roll over every time the Democrats challenge legislation? You betcha!

Will Romney go after Corruptocrats? Nope

Will Romney eliminate any Govt. Depts? Nope

Will Romney audit the Fed? Nope

Will Romney repeal Obamacare or just piecemeal it? He stated he’ll be keeping some of it.

Will Romney reform the tax code? Nope, he’ll fiddle with it some more. Add some more codes and laud the grand illusion that he’s given the sheeple some great benefit.

Will friends and family of Romney benefit financially? Without a doubt! He’s going to owe a lot of favors and he will have no problem repaying them.

Socmodfiscon on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Palin probably waits til 2016, the establishment will be defeated this time.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I don’t care what Palin thinks. She has backed losers before and she will again. Her political prognosticating skills are suspect at best.

echosyst on January 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

You may want to ask Rubio, Rand Paul, Martinez etc

KBird on January 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The general will be a referendum on obama and he will lose.

Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Obama will have the media working for him again, he will create a referendum on Romney, and he will win.

The public doesn’t see the issues or environment the way we do. They have their narrative about the 1% all ready to go. We need to throw a wrench in that plan, and Romney is not it.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I say that you haven’t seen the media swinging for the fences on Obama’s behalf in this regard. Yet.

But you will. Let’s have this conversation again after the nomination and compare notes with today’s conversation, shall we?

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

No, I agree with you the media has not gone on a full court press yet, and it may even hurt Mitt a little. I am just saying that doesnt make him the most unelectable, not even close. Mainly because the media will put on a full court press against any candidate, and even if the Romneycare issue hurts mitt more than others would be hurt for thier own issues, it still doesnt make up for the large lead Romney has on everyone else right now, in my opinion at least.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

…except, the public generally agrees with OWS talk. They think corporate greed and GWB caused our current economic problems.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

*pfft*

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

How many houses does Romney have?
How many vacation homes?
When will he release his tax returns?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The man who has spent over 100 million 1 billion running for office?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

YOU are not smart.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Remember Romney couldn’t beat McCain despite spending millions and still having the establishment plus he even had conservatives in 2008.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I will tell you this,with the exception of Ron Paul ,I will be pulling the lever for the Republican nominee. Anything else would be suicide…

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Like the saying goes…choose the devil you know over the devil you don’t. I only wish people would have done this when McCain was running. Even in the general elections. We could have avoided the mess we’re in.

JetBoy on January 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Willard the Liquidator, the candidate of the Superficial and the Foolish.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

How many houses does Romney have?
How many vacation homes?
When will he release his tax returns?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

None of anyone’s business on the houses/homes. Just look at Obama and how he/she will be billionaires for life, based on zero accomplishments.

On the taxes, we settled when already.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

You mean the transparent-haven’t-seen-it-but-you-say-it’s-there-so-it-must-be relentless attacking?

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Heh

Night Owl on January 10, 2012 at 5:44 PM

For arguments sake lets say Newt or Perry or Santorum get the nod. Do you believe the media is going to be any less vicious with them?

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

No, but there is no Democrat ready-made election narrative waiting for them either. We can win running against crony capitalism, but that is a narrative that Romney can’t and won’t use. Plus he’s plastic and doesn’t inspire, and inspiration will be essential for getting the GOP out to vote.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:44 PM

For arguments sake lets say Newt or Perry or Santorum get the nod. Do you believe the media is going to be any less vicious with them?

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Of course not – it’s going to be vicious no matter who it is.

The point you seem to have missed is that at least a different candidate will even be able to bring up and run commercials against Obamacare without being called out as a rank hypocrite – Romney will not. If he dares, it will be once, and it will sting so much he’ll never bring it up again.

None of the other candidates suffer from the same disadvantage at the outset. And not being able to pound Obama DAILY on Obamacare is a huge bonus for Obama.

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:44 PM

unseen

I hope you haven’t taken your Sarah posters down. I certainly haven’t.

Horace on January 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Don’t kiss it :)

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

No, but there is no Democrat ready-made election narrative waiting for them either. We can win running against crony capitalism, but that is a narrative that Romney can’t and won’t use. Plus he’s plastic and doesn’t inspire, and inspiration will be essential for getting the GOP out to vote.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:44 PM

That’s the problem isn’t it. None of these Candidates “inspire.”

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I will tell you this,with the exception of Ron Paul ,I will be pulling the lever for the Republican nominee. Anything else would be suicide…

sandee on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

THIS!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

How many houses does Romney have?

I don’t know. Maybe we should add up the property tax Romney pays vs Obama.

How many vacation homes?

Not as many as the vacations Obama’s taken on the taxpayer dime.

When will he release his tax returns?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

When Obama releases his grades.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

echosyst on January 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM,
Sarah Palin picked more winner than anybody on percentage which is why the GOP Establishment went into attack mode after the 2010 Midterms and stayed silent after Tucson.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

…because he made a living out of dismantling and offshoring them?

Sure, that makes sense.

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

No, because he took companies that were failing that volantarily and of thier own free will asked for help and he invested in them, provided a roadmap for success and brought the majority of them back to being successful. Yes, I agree, it makes sense.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Willard the Liquidator and his Army of the Superficial and the Foolish.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Seventh paragraph, counting gray box text as one paragraph:

“Maybe she just thinks Democrats think Mitt is the weakest, but she herself thinks she’s strong.”

Why yes, yes, I think Sarah Palin thinks she’s strong.

hrh40 on January 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

None of anyone’s business on the houses/homes. Just look at Obama and how he/she will be billionaires for life, based on zero accomplishments.

On the taxes, we settled when already.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

‘I know what it’s like to worry about a pink slip’

Do you believe Romney knows how to worry about a pink slip?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

the sad thing about this nomination battle is that Palin would have won in a walk against Mitt.

unseen on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I have argued that Perry, who could galvanize the base, is the most electable. But in the back my mind was the concern… that I could be wrong.
Mitt is the safe choice. We can always undo things later, but if we lose 2012 we can’t undo a Supreme Court stacked leftward for a generation.
We can win this agaist O, but I would hope that, if Mitt appears to be the nominee, that we start to rally around him, help him, and get the base excited before we go into the R convention. An electrified convention would be a huge plus.

anotherJoe on January 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

…it still doesnt make up for the large lead Romney has on everyone else right now, in my opinion at least.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Which brings up another point… there are so many ‘anyone but Romney folks out there, it makes you wonder – if there was only *one* other candidate in the race – would Mitt still be polling way below 50%? Will all of the supporters of the others coalesce behind Romney or Not-the-Romney?

I guess we’ll see; at some point soon, we’re going to be down to 2 or 3 – will be interesting to see how the split changes then.

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Do you believe Romney knows how to worry about a pink slip?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Obama doesn’t even know what a pink slip is. Maybe he thinks it’s a toe tag you put on a “corpseman”.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

All the polls are wrong, it’s an establishment conspiracy. Sarah Palin would have been who Obama was REALLY scared of!

BradTank on January 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Obama’s attack machine will have a field day with Romney. As was already mentioned, Romney plays right into the “top 1%” narrative that leftists are pushing.are pushing. In fact, he utterly defines that role. Romney will be the worst possible nominee for that reason, among other ones too, like him being a Mormon. That shouldn’t matter, but its naive to claim it doesn’t.

popularpolitics on January 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I could definitely use a mansion right about now..
Anyone has Mitt’s phone number?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

An electrified convention would be a huge plus.

anotherJoe on January 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

The thought of ridding our nation of Obama electrifies me. I’ll vote for anything or anyone with a GOP label on it.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

When will he release his tax returns?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

When Obama releases his grades.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

lol, nice

Midas on January 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

the sad thing about this nomination battle is that Palin would have won in a walk against Mitt.

unseen on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

That is probably true, but she would lose in the general in a landslide. Mitt will most likely lose, but by a smaller margin than she would’ve.

McDuck on January 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Do you believe Romney knows how to worry about a pink slip?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

We aren’t lefties. We could care less how much some warm fuzzy douche empathizes with us. Can the guy turn the economy around is the question. If he can then no one cares whether he grew up in a megamansion or a mud hut. Get with it.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Do you believe Romney knows how to worry about a pink slip?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

More so than Obama, who has never held a real job.

Why does Romney’s wealth bother you, but Obama’s doesn’t? Is it just part of the mental disorder that liberals suffer from, that drive them to be hypocrites?

BruthaMan on January 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

the sad thing about this nomination battle is that Palin would have won in a walk against Mitt.

unseen on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

The saddest thing is how Palin dragged her heels around for so long and not run. I know ‘nistas like you must have been disappointed, even a bandwagon ‘nista like me felt let down.

I honestly wonder tho…had Palin run, would she be leading? Or would she have followed in Bachmann’s shoes…

JetBoy on January 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

This is why I don’t listen to Rush except in very small doses anymore – at least until we have our GOP nominee.

“They are already gearing up to portray him, accurately or inaccurately … as being out of touch with the working class,” Palin said, noting that Romney’s wealth and perfect family may make it easy to paint him as someone “being a bit out of touch from working and middle class Americans and from the challenges we all face.”

Palin’s being paid a million smackeroos for that analysis? Really? People don’t like Mitt because he has a “perfect family”? As I said the other day about this idiotic quote – apparently he needs some Dancing in the Stars in his life so the “working class” can relate to him.

FTR, I’ve never believed she was a very good analyst/pundit. And I know this is anathema to Hot Airians but Karl Rove is much better (as are many others who aren’t on staff, like Michael Barone).

Buy Danish on January 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I could definitely use a mansion right about now..
Anyone has Mitt’s phone number?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Your name is very appropriate liberal4life, if you want something you assume it should be given to you from someone else insteading of working hard to earn it yourself.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I could definitely use a mansion right about now..
Anyone has Mitt’s phone number?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Buy your own mansion. Typical liberal, gotta have everything given to them.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I honestly wonder tho…had Palin run, would she be leading? Or would she have followed in Bachmann’s shoes…

JetBoy on January 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

If you wonder about that, you don’t know much about Bachmann or Palin.

idesign on January 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Not airtight logc…..

Close enough for me

E9RET on January 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Schadenfreude

Does drooling all over it count as a “kiss?”

Horace on January 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Do you really guys want to compare Obama’s childhood to Romney?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I would love to. Is there any part of obama’s that hasn’t been scrubbed from history?

Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Do you believe Romney knows how to worry about a pink slip?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Obama wears a pink slip.

Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Do you believe RomneyObama knows how to worry about a pink slip?

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

LOL!!!!!

Now, answer the question.

Gunlock Bill on January 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Who cares what Sarah Palin says? I’m patiently waiting for the coveted Levi Johnston endorsement.

JPeterman on January 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Check your latest edition of “In Touch” i’m sure it’s there.

heshtesh on January 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

liberal4life

You want a mansion and you want Mitt’s number?

You mean you want to ask him for a job so you can earn money and buy a mansion?

You’re FINALLY turning into a conservative! Good for you! Bravo!

Horace on January 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I would love to. Is there any part of obama’s that hasn’t been scrubbed from history?

Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Obama has a history? His bio says the sky parted and angels brought him down and gently placed him in Chicago just before 2008.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Unfortunately brother, he’s not gonna turn it around. He’ll only make it worse even if he wins only to throw us to a worse demagogue down the line.

promachus on January 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Your name is very appropriate liberal4life, if you want something you assume it should be given to you from someone else insteading of working hard to earn it yourself.

kmalkows on January 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Buy your own mansion. Typical liberal, gotta have everything given to them.

darwin on January 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Heh, so true!

Being a liberal for life = I’m lazy and made bad choices in life. Others will carry my weight. How the hell people can look at themselves in the mirror with that attitude is beyond me. Deadbeats.

BruthaMan on January 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I guess anything is possible if Tina is defending Palin.

Alahpundit, you next?

ChuckTX on January 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Mitt Romney is going to drive Reagan Democrats and working class whites back to the Democrat party. The media has largely held their fire on Romney for the last 3 years that is everything you need to know. Damn right he is weak! Romney needed Palin, Christie, Huckabee,Pence, Ryan,Jindal,and Jeb not to run. Every Top-Tier conservative passed on 2012 which is why the GOP is stuck with a weakling like Romney.

CoolChange80 on January 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Unfortunately brother, he’s not gonna turn it around. He’ll only make it worse even if he wins only to throw us to a worse demagogue down the line.

promachus on January 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

You may be right. I’m just pointing out to libtard4life that unlike lefties, we only care about the results someone can deliver. We don’t stand out in the street and crap on cop cars because they have more than we do.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Mr 1%

He loves firing people. No surprise here though. Most rich people did not become rich by becoming mr “nice guys”.

Most rick folks are ruthless so I’m not surprised Romney hates the middle class

liberal4life on January 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

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