John Bolton: Let’s face it, Romney’s the conservative who can beat Obama

posted at 9:32 pm on January 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Et tu, ‘Stache?

With America’s future at stake in November, I decided to support Mitt Romney for three reasons: his Reaganaut philosophy, executive experience and general-election campaign strengths…

Mr. Obama’s manifold failings underscore the final issue: electability. Competitors and politicos are already endlessly analyzing this question, so I’ll make only three brief points.

First, there is an infinitesimally small chance that Mr. Romney will self-destruct in September or October. “No-drama Obama,” meet your match. Second, Mr. Romney has the overwhelming lead in endorsements from Republican senators and representatives—the most aware, self-interested community, bar none, regarding our nominee’s electability. No propensity there to grandiosity or suicide. Third, Mr. Romney shares one of Reagan’s most important and attractive characteristics: being critical without being angry or scornful.

The late Bill Buckley bequeathed us the right test: Pick the most conservative candidate capable of winning. That is clearly Mitt Romney.

Hard not to read those three criteria as a direct dig at Gingrich, which is interesting given how eager Newt was to drop Bolton’s name on the trail. Seriously, though: “His Reaganaut philosophy”? Follow the link and read the piece. The only explicit Reagan comparisons Bolton makes are to Romney’s support for missile defense and to that bit in the blockquote about Mitt’s temperament. Fair enough on the latter, I guess, although Perry managed to rattle him pretty well at one of the debates (“Anderson! Anderson!”), but Gingrich is also a longstanding proponent of missile defense. In fact, Newt’s the guy who’s worried about EMP attacks, not just conventional nuclear strikes. He also opposes the automatic defense cuts triggered by the Super Committee’s failure and he opposed the new START treaty, a position for which Bolton applauds Romney. In fact, the most convincing part of Bolton’s piece isn’t the parallel between Romney and Reagan but the one he draws later between Romney and George H.W. Bush, both of whom are known for “sustained attention, steadiness, persistence, discipline and especially resolve.” That’s a far better analogy for Mitt — the competent if uncharismatic establishment Republican respected for his management skills but not his ideological fervor. But of course, Bush 41 comparisons don’t play well in a primary. Reagan comparisons do, however strained they might be.

Hard to avoid the impression that Bolton endorsed the way he did simply because he’s angling for a role in the next Republican administration and figures Romney’s more likely to win than Newt. Here’s something I can’t figure out, though: Why is Mitt suddenly tacking further right on foreign policy, replete with having Bolton, the avatar of hawkishness, stump for him in South Carolina? He went so far as to disagree publicly with two of his own advisors this week for being too dovish: One of them called for talks with the Taliban, which Romney rejected, and the other — Bush’s CIA chief, Michael Hayden — told reporters that bombing Iran wouldn’t achieve anything. I don’t remember Romney being seriously out-hawked on any international issue at the earlier debates so I’m not sure why he felt obliged to move right now. Especially since, the closer he gets to the nomination, the more he’ll have to figure out a way to appease some of Ron Paul’s anti-war supporters in hopes of winning their votes. Could be that he’s simply determined to run to Obama’s right on foreign policy, but that’ll be tricky given that (a) Obama’s been quite Bushian in many respects, much to the left’s horror, and has Bin Laden’s scalp to wave around in a pinch, and (b) it won’t earn Romney any interest from war-weary independents. Would a Republican nominee with Michael Hayden’s foreign policy, say, really be at risk of bleeding hawkish votes to The One?

Maybe he’s counting on everyone to realize that he’ll flip flop on all of this stuff as circumstances require. Put that Romney reputation to good use for once! Exit quotation from Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller: “If in fact he gets to be president, all of these positions will be rationalized away in the pursuit of the American national interest.”


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Love bolton but think he was just looking for a job

Bullhead on January 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Seriously, though: “His Reaganaut philosophy”? Follow the link and read the piece. The only explicit Reagan comparisons Bolton makes are to Romney’s support for missile defense and to that bit in the blockquote about Mitt’s temperament.

Seriously, Islamicpundit, Romney’s only said in one debate after another that America’s military must be so strong that no one would even think of challenging us.

I suspect that you were so enthralled with Freddie Mac’s histrionic attacks on the media that the blood was rushing from your brain.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

When the dust finally does settle, there will be about 4 banks left in America.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Newt Was Right by Andrew C. McCarthy

Newt Gingrich’s ardent admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt owes more to the latter’s unflinching wartime leadership than his welfare-state policy prescriptions. This week, though, the former Speaker is also undoubtedly in accord with FDR’s aphorism, “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” To his great credit, Newt has made an enemy of CAIR.

Connie on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I wholeheartedly believe that Newt Gingrich will lose to Obama if nominated, but he’ll lose with my vote, that much is certain. Just like Santorum can count on my vote. Hell, I’ll even support RuPaul for the entertainment value.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I’ll vote for whomever the GOP nominee is, because I’m ABO first. But if it’s Gingrich and he loses in a landslide that I fully expect him to, then I’m done with the party for life. In fact, I will donate annually to any viable right-of-center faction spinoff or third party. After the election, I want nothing to do with the base of a party that could show such poor judgment as to seriously nominate Newt.

Many in the GOP “base” believe the party can remain relevant by becoming a parochial Party of the South. It can’t, because the reality is that there are more conservatives in absolute numbers in the North than in the South. I will concentrate on local politics and issues instead. I am thankful that I live in New Hampshire and pay some of the lowest taxes in the country and have the best K12 education system as well.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Bolton is right. Just wait. Newt’s head will likely explode before Floridians head to the polls.
Randy

williars on January 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Ohhhh…Newt’s gonna give him such a slap!)
Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

He would never be that stupid. He’s not presidential, but he’s not a moron.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

“Let’s face it, I think Romney can beat Obama because I’m a deluded establishment Republican, and therefore Romney is a conservative.”

HitNRun on January 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I choose to think Bolton is just going with the safe bet, rather than think he’s a long-repressed RINO or merely angling for a job. who knows, but all i can say is there are some decent pols who have endorsed Romney who I’m not ready to denounce as RINO sell-outs!

ellifint on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

“Let’s face it, I think Romney can beat Obama because I’m a deluded establishment Republican, and therefore Romney is a conservative.”

HitNRun on January 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Bolton is a RINO!
McConnell is a RINO!

Only a capitalism-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian who has lived in DC metro for 30 years is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Exit quotation from Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller: “If in fact he gets to be president, all of these positions will be rationalized away in the pursuit of the American national interest.”

as it should be…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Any scuttlebutt yet on caucuses in Nevada, Maine, Colorado, or that faux primary in Missouri?

kunegetikos on January 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Some guys will do anything to become Secretary of State…

ironmarshal on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

ellifint on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Dude, Bolton is a neocon.

Dante on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

The nomination of Newt Gingrich and his ultimate embarrassing loss to Obama will split the Republican party apart and a third party will emerge that will split votes and assure Democrat reign for the foreseeable future. With the Dems in control assuring amnesty for illegals and an ever growing minority population projecting to become a majority by 2050, we will likely never see another Republican in the White House again.

The only hope is a brokered convention after tomorrow

Rockshine on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM

haner on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

haner on January 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

If all you RomneyBots can do is spam, that’s pretty freaking telling.

Dunedainn on January 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

“Let’s face it, I think Romney can beat Obama because I’m a deluded establishment Republican, and therefore Romney is a conservative.”

HitNRun on January 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Bolton is a RINO!
McConnell is a RINO!

Only a capitalism-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian who has lived in DC metro for 30 years is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

+

Heh

residentblue on January 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Dude, Bolton is a neocon.

Dante on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Ronulan doesn’t like Bolton.
Another + for the ‘Stache!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Dude, Bolton is a neocon.

Dante on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Dude, Ron Paul recently got endoresed by David Duke Don Black and US muslims consider Paul to be their ‘type of republican’.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Now that Bolton is a manifest RINO (and Reagan has been a known RINO for a long time), are there any non-RINOs? Is there such an animal or is it an Idea?

Note: If someone ever resigned from office or ran on a ticket with McCain he or she is a centrist trying to channel wingnut to regain at least RINO cred. So don’t go there.

kunegetikos on January 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Let’s face it, Romney’s McCain/Dole’s the

conservative

Republican who can beat Obama//

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Only a capitalism-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian who has lived in DC metro for 30 years is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Who never voted for gun grabbing legislation or healthcare mandates.

tom daschle concerned on January 20, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Let’s face it, Romney’s McCain/Dole’s the

conservative

Republican who can beat Obama//

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Let’s face it, Romney’s McCain/Dole’s the conservative barely Republican who can beat Obama.

FIFY and FIFM :)

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Bolton needs to bolt. He’s obviously after something. He’s definitely not an economic conservative. rickv404 on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

With rare exceptions, smart economic conservatives don’t support Freddie Mac Gingrich – a man who thinks governments create jobs. They want someone who has phenomenal success in the private sector.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I have always been an admirer of Theodore Roosevelt. Overcame childhood asthma, brilliant, avid reader, historian, advocate of freedom, survived wife and mother dying on same day, wife while giving birth. And dozens of other qualities.

But there was also Jingo Ted, his other side. And this is where I have a problem with Bolton.

The good TR won the Peace Prize for his work in ending the Russo-Japanese War. Bolton would have tried to crack heads or threaten force.

Bolton is too much of a Clinton, Bush I, Bush II creature – we have a professional military, so let’s make it and world police force and nation builder. TR was that way, too, with his Great White Fleet.

Leads to a imperial Presidency, wars without a declaration, loss of lives needlessly and further rise of the debt.

Bolton is opposite of Ike. Ike went eight years with no war, no American dying in combat and reducing military budget. His way was defend the country a minimum cost with effective force, missles.

Ike, the great general would not squander men and money. Folks could rule themselves as the pleased. Mess with the U.S. or threaten it, Ike would use maximum force, nukes, to protect the U.S. and others knew he meant it.

Bolton is all huff and puff, spend money and tell others how to live. Danger to the country is not the trigger – we don’t like your government is. Don’t want him anywhere near any government here.

Horace on January 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM

They want someone who has phenomenal success in the private sector.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Obama has been a phenomenal success in the private sector(see his books).. He still uses the government to pay for other peoples healthcare. I find it funny that people who support Romney get on other candidates for government intervention.

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

The attacks on Bolton’s motivations for supporting Mitt are moronic, though not surprising on this site. Bolton could make tens times as much money giving lectures part time as he could make as SOS.

Even Freddie Mac made millions in the “private sector”.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The nomination of Newt Gingrich and his ultimate embarrassing loss to Obama will split the Republican party apart and a third party will emerge that will split votes and assure Democrat reign for the foreseeable future. With the Dems in control assuring amnesty for illegals and an ever growing minority population projecting to become a majority by 2050, we will likely never see another Republican in the White House again.

Rockshine on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM

This is my prediction:

Ron Paul will go third party with a Gingrich nomination. Gingrich has said publicly he won’t vote for Ron Paul if he’s the nominee.

Ron Paul could then very well defeat Gingrich, the GOP nominee, for second place. The GOP would then be finished.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Obama has been a phenomenal success in the private sector(see his books).. He still uses the government to pay for other peoples healthcare. I find it funny that people who support Romney get on other candidates for government intervention. melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Anyone who would compare Obama’s success in the private sector – consisting of two books (one of which was written by Bill Ayers) with Mitt Romney’s is beyond clueless. Congratulations. punchenko would be proud of you.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Horace on January 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Horace
That is a great post. Barkeep, I’ll have what my friend here is drinkin, and another for my friend.

Bmore on January 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Oh and Horace, whats shakin?

Bmore on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Hypocrites for Gingrich

A true conservative is one who espouses conservative principles. How he has lived his life is irrelevant.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Anyone who would compare Obama’s success in the private sector – consisting of two books (one of which was written by Bill Ayers) with Mitt Romney’s is beyond clueless. Congratulations. punchenko would be proud of you.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Anyone who calls out Gingrich’s big government stance while ignoring Romney care is cluless… Obama’s campaign would be proud of you!

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

And newt talks like Carl Marx as recently as today. What’s your point?

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Who’s that? Groucho’s other brother?

Folks we are in the midst of an intellectual giant.

davidk on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I like Bolton….really!!! Put him anyway in the next Cabinet. But while Romney is ok, I like Gingrich and his honesty and forthrightness. I’m sick of wishy-washy. I want a President who will do what is good for America regardless of the flack. Course there are some areas where he’s “grown up” as we all have. I seriously believe this is our last chance (as Conservatives) to get it right.

jatfla on January 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Hypocrites for Gingrich

A true conservative is one who espouses conservative principles. How he has lived his life is irrelevant.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Some people in the republican party will buy anything it if comes with a few scraps of red meat.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I like Gingrich and his honesty and forthrightness

LOL.

Like I was saying about gulliblility.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

This letter appeared in our newspaper today. I don’t have the author’s permission to put his name on it, but I agree with the story.

In their quest to find the anti-Romney the dissatisfied Republican electorate remind me of the man who sold his farm to go on a search for diamonds. The man searched the entire continent unsuccessfully for diamonds, and finally after becoming completely broke, in complete despair, threw himself into a river and drowned.

Meanwhile, the man who purchased the farm of this diamond searcher one day while crossing a stream on his farm saw a glittering object the size of an egg, picked it up and took it home and placed it on his mantle. A visitor eventually came to his farm home and saw this glittering object on his mantle.

The visitor told him that was probably the biggest diamond ever found. The new owner of the farm told the visitor that the farm was littered with these stones, and sure enough, it was.

The farm which the original owner had sold in order to go searching for diamonds turned out to be the Kimberly Diamond Mine, the richest diamond mine the world has ever known. The failure of the original farm owner to recognize that what he so desperately wanted to find was right under his nose can be a great lesson for those who seem to never be able to find what they are looking for.

Bambi on January 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

John Bolton: Let’s face it, Romney’s the conservative who can beat Obama

It’s the nose on your face; let’s get rid of Obama, and let’s make which-way-the-wind-blows Romney do our bidding. In the face of no one else is electable, what else are we going to do?

M240H on January 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM

OBAMA MUST BE DEFEATED IN NOVEMBER.

OBAMA MUST BE DEFEATED IN NOVEMBER.

I hope and pray the Republican Party does not lose its focus and forget that this is an absolute.

I am in Florida, fed up with the process already. My head is still spinning from vulture capitalism and Republican infighting and I am weary of the debates.

I want the most conservative candidate who can DEFEAT OBAMA without destroying the Republican Party.

djn on January 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM

I say Romney for prez and Newt for press secretary. He could go after the media all day long.

Lily on January 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Allah – Bolton is 100 times smarter than you will ever be. He knows Newt will blow it. Get a clue and move on.

echosyst on January 21, 2012 at 12:02 AM

The way HotAir comments have been going lately, this makes Bolton a confirmed communist.

Clark1 on January 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM

OBAMA MUST BE DEFEATED IN NOVEMBER.

OBAMA MUST BE DEFEATED IN NOVEMBER.

I hope and pray the Republican Party does not lose its focus and forget that this is an absolute.

I am in Florida, fed up with the process already. My head is still spinning from vulture capitalism and Republican infighting and I am weary of the debates.

I want the most conservative candidate who can DEFEAT OBAMA without destroying the Republican Party.

djn

THIS. This is where we are. This is the goal.

Costa on January 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

I say Romney for prez and Newt for press secretary. He could go after the media all day long.

Lily on January 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

+1

M240H on January 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Someone explain to me why some videos from 1994 prove that Romney’s pretty much a Communist Manchurian candidate, but the guy who cuddled with Pelosi, bashed Paul Ryan, and endorsed none other than Dede Effing Scozzafava only a couple year ago is the candidate of real, principled conservatives.

At least when Romney flip-flopped over the years he flipped to the right side.

pauljc on January 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Except that Murkowski, one of his most recent endorsees, was the one who stabbed Bolton in the back, when he was challenging the UN, defending Israel, criticizing terrorists, the same was done to Otto Reich, Bush’s man on the South American desk,

narciso on January 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Bolton. Boltoff.Bolton.Boltoff.

Boltoff!

Sherman1864 on January 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Its going to be fun seeing AP have to defend Romney in the general after all this hackish reporting.

kmalkows on January 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I say Romney for prez and Newt for press secretary. He could go after the media all day long.

Lily on January 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
+1

M240H on January 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

+2 that would be the best thing ever.

kmalkows on January 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Allah – Bolton is 100 times smarter than you will ever be. He knows Newt will blow it. Get a clue and move on.

echosyst on January 21, 2012 at 12:02 AM

AMEN, could not have said it better myself.

kmalkows on January 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

“Let’s face it, I think Romney can beat Obama because I’m a deluded establishment Republican, and therefore Romney is a conservative.”

HitNRun on January 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Bolton is a RINO!
McConnell is a RINO!

Only a capitalism-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian who has lived in DC metro for 30 years is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Who said anything about RINOs?

Do you contest that Bolton qualifies as “the Republican establishment?”

Do you contest that Romney’s political record is not conservative?

Do you contest that Bolton’s assessment is founded in that he still believes that Romney is electable but the other candidates are not (you shouldn’t, because it’s what he’s saying)?

Ok then. He’s making Romney into a conservative because he wants him to win the nomination. I assume that, like most Romney supporters, he’s basing this assessment on a) the aforementioned belief in his electability combined with b) the side of the flip-flop on every issue that he hopes Romney will take.

HitNRun on January 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Bolton wants another elective war… part of the ‘transformational’ use of power clan that really has some nerve even thinking it should have a place at the wheel again.

lexhamfox on January 21, 2012 at 12:54 AM

The stache’s endorsement doesn’t seem to carry the same weight as a barracuda endorsement.

karenhasfreedom on January 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Bambi on January 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

The diamond didn’t repeatedly slap its owner in the face.

Dunedainn on January 21, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Palinoids and Lizardbabies crying in the wind…Bolton falls off their list of respectables, gets “RINO” tag applied as they run away.

Lourdes on January 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

The stache’s endorsement doesn’t seem to carry the same weight as a barracuda endorsement.

karenhasfreedom on January 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM

barracuda endorsement

Yeah, everyone is eager for that two percent endorsement! Could be eight percent, not sure.

Lourdes on January 21, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Santorum came from nowhere to beat Romney in Iowa, and Newt has risen again depite all the odds and will beat Mitt handily in SC. but yeah Romeny is our best bet to beat Obama. huh?

exceller on January 21, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Lourdes on January 21, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Umm, Newt began to surge after the barracuda’s rogue first dude endorsed him, followed up by the barracuda saying if she were voting in SC these week, she would vote for Newt to keep the process going. Now Newt has surged to a 12 point lead according to the other thread, the night before the election? He was 10 points down at the beginning of the week. So much for your 2% number.

karenhasfreedom on January 21, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Just another moderate Republican throwing his support behind moderat Mitt, er wait.

Roymunson on January 21, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Why is it when someone with proven conservative credentials and a proven conservative record supports Mitt Romney, they are immediately ridiculed, bashed, and dismissed? It’s getting old fast.

Jack_Burton on January 21, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Newt is a pinata full of megalomania and piffle waiting to rupture.

Or be punctured by his next gaffetastic pomposity.

We don’t need a Chicago brawler.

We got that already.

We need someone with finesse to let Obvama destroy himself, and look on cooly and call on America to be restored, not transformed.

profitsbeard on January 21, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Got news for ya. If he didn’t use the black hair dye(except on his sideburns for some odd reason), Mittens would be the next old white-haired guy in line for the nomination.

Doughboy on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I take it you aren’t a student of history? Here’s what George Romney looked like:
http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/07/40/06/1966526/3/628×471.jpg

almosthandsome on January 21, 2012 at 2:45 AM

barracuda endorsement

Yeah, everyone is eager for that two percent endorsement! Could be eight percent, not sure.

Lourdes on January 21, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Another illiterate, unable to think and process numbers liberal.

Right after cuda’s endorsement Newt went from 10 points on InTrade to 82. Yep, a 2% jump. Only in demented mind boasting a single digit IQ…

riddick on January 21, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Many in the GOP “base” believe the party can remain relevant by becoming a parochial Party of the South. It can’t, because the reality is that there are more conservatives in absolute numbers in the North than in the South. I will concentrate on local politics and issues instead. I am thankful that I live in New Hampshire and pay some of the lowest taxes in the country and have the best K12 education system as well.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Not surpsied to see your name at the end of this nonsense.

The GOP power base is the South. That Seas of Red you see in every electoral map is the South. New Hampshire is an increasingly Blue State, New Mexico has replaced it as the red leaning swing state. New Hampshire will be useless in 2 more election cycles.

Daemonocracy on January 21, 2012 at 3:30 AM

With Perry out and with Santorum being a complete fraud as a fiscal conservative, I am actually starting to lean toward Romney over Gingrich.

Romney certainly strikes me as soulless and has shown an alarming weakness on the very issues Obama will demonize him for, but the more momentum Newt gets the more concerned I find myself becoming.

I understand why people wrote off Perry fearing he would completely bomb in one or all of his debates with Obama and lose the election as a result, but it makes no sense to me to think that Newt will win the election simply because it is believed he will win the debates. Most likely there will be 3 quiz show style debates as there have been the past few election cycles and there is NO guarantee Newt will mop the floor with Obama in this format or have any break through moments. I do not say this because Obama is some great debater, he isn’t, but Obama will not engage Newt directly in these debates, will not directly answer questions, and will stick to his prepared talking points as if he were reading off a teleprompter. He will get his message out, the MSM moderators will not press him on issues like Fast and Furious or Solyndra, and he very well may find a way to get under Newt’s thin skin and throw him off message. Newt doesn’t respond to well to subversive attacks against his motives or character and Obama will exploit this weakness; at least Romney has shown an ability to stay on message however drab that might be. I also have to say that when Newt has been directly engaged by either Romney or Santorum in these debates, he hasn’t been particularly impressive.

Even if Newt does well in the debates, even if he has a breakout moment, the Presidential election will not be won in one, two or three evenings. Victory will rely on organization and mobilization, the same way Bush beat Kerry in the 2004 election, and an endeavor of that magnitude requires an endlessly focused grind effort on the ground with a candidate who does not screw things up at the top of the ticket. I want Newt to win South Carolina so Romney will face more of a challenge and become a better candidate, but I find myself becoming very concerned with Newt being the actual nominee in the end.

Daemonocracy on January 21, 2012 at 3:52 AM

I like Bolton….really!!! Put him anyway in the next Cabinet. But while Romney is ok, I like Gingrich and his honesty and forthrightness. I’m sick of wishy-washy.
jatfla on January 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

This one made me laugh for a little while…Tell his previous wives about his “honesty and forthrightness”…tell Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry about his strong stance on GW.

Seriously, people of what once was a great conservative party is deteriorating into the Democrat party model of splinter groups that only want a “certain type” of conservative.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Why is it when someone with proven conservative credentials and a proven conservative record supports Mitt Romney, they are immediately ridiculed, bashed, and dismissed? It’s getting old fast.

Jack_Burton on January 21, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Jack,
Because many here on HA cannot believe Romney has conservative support…or at least THEIR type of conservatism.

Here is what I believe:
Low taxes, believe in the 2nd Amendment (All of Bill of Rights), Drill in ANWR, offshore, and Rocky Mtn States, Drive an SUV, Pro-life, Christian, anti-illegal immigration, build the fence, strong military, English as official language, pro military (I’m a member)
etc etc AND yet we Romney supporters are derided as Mittbots or whatever name HA posters think is cute.

Romney believes in ALL of these stances as well but he is not believed YET Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, etc cast votes that were for some reason “forgiven” yet Romney gets hammered for quotes he said in 1994 and has since switched and voted into record. The comparison is NOT fair but those that hate Romney do not care because fairness is not what they are interested in for their conservatism.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 5:57 AM

One other point AGAIN…Another article by Allah that slams Romney or besmirches a true patriot that serves his country without compensation yet Allah and other so called “conservative” sites such as Townhall, Patriot Update, GOPUSA, RedState, NewsMax, etc that like to word their articles with headlines like these: “Hurry, last chance to nominate a True Conservative…” which frankly pisses me off because I am sick of these “other conservatives” telling me how I should be a conservative!

Well, just as many of you who complain, LIKE ALLAH, who say let’s not let the “supposed establishment” pick our candidate (which is ignorant on its face because every one has one single vote), we “other conservatives” do not like to be told that Romney is not a conservative and to be called Romneybots or whatever name…

The conservative party and frankly the Tea Party has been hijacked and has derailed off the track and is going down a path that it was never intended to go down…

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:07 AM

The reason many conservatives don’t like Romney is because he’s a phony.

Mitt’s words and carefully constructed image are contradicted by his record. Mitt Romney has a long history of opposing conservative policies and conservative leaders. Mitt even opposed the conservative icon of the Republican party: Ronald Reagan.

And Mitt’s not even a good phony.

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:11 AM

The reason many conservatives don’t like Romney is because he’s a phony.

No, the reason conservatives don’t like Romney, is because he does not blow smoke up their butts like Gingrich (“I am a true Reagan conservative”), throw red meat like promising to appoint Bolton as Sec State, or have grandstanding hissy fits at the debates.

I consider myself conservative, always have, and I like Romney because he is decent, hardworking, and super smart, and he wants to be proesident so that he can turn our country back around. He is steady and is not an emotional prima donna.

You “TRUE CONSERVATIVES” can have your lying, phony windbag, with the “great ideas” – and nothing to back them up.

Priscilla on January 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Hypocrites for Gingrich

A true conservative is one who espouses conservative principles. How he has lived his life is irrelevant.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Ha, it’s funny ’cause it’s so true; words straight from the great and powerful wizard of id’s mouth. Gingrich is their perfect candidate!

ray on January 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Mr. Romney has the overwhelming lead in endorsements from Republican senators and representatives

I used to respect Mr. Bolton.

Over50 on January 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I liked Bolton; but, to use Romney’s name and Conservative in the same sentence as a positive is insulting to both real Conservatives and the true meaning of Conservatism. So very sad for Conservatives and the future of Conservatism in America. As Big Government crony capitalism practiced by both political Parties over the past half Century replaced true/real Capitalism in America, the term Conservative is now used to describe all to the right of Marxism.

aposematic on January 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

John, I hate to tell you, but Romney is NOT a conservative! Worse, Gingrich is a big government ‘progressive’ republican! We are so screwed!

GFW on January 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

John, I hate to tell you, but Romney is NOT a conservative! Worse, Gingrich is a big government ‘progressive’ republican! We are so screwed!

GFW on January 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I keep looking and saying to myself “THIS is the best we can do???”

Over50 on January 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

John, I hate to tell you, but Romney is NOT a conservative! Worse, Gingrich is a big government ‘progressive’ republican! We are so screwed!

GFW on January 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

But here’s the thing – we are not screwed if we don’t elect a conservative. We are screwed if we don’t elect someone capable of leading the country in a different direction and according to the constitution.

We are screwed if we elect a grandiose windbag who could not even keep a position of power in his own party, who was found to have significant ethics violations and who repeatedly lied and cheated in his private life…..if Newt is the nominee, we’ll get Obama for sure, so, either way we’re screwed. There is a chance, with Romney, that things can turn around. Not sayin’ they will, but anyone who thinks that Newt can win in a general election is delusional.

Priscilla on January 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Someone said that if Romney was elected – it would mean that the Tea Party was repudiated by the voters.

The Tea Party in SC has a message for those who don’t appreciate what its doing for America. Look for it to be delivered this afternoon…….

famous amos on January 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Aw, crap. That ‘stache needs black acrylic paint, STAT!

Reagan > Romney

We need a CALVIN COOLIDGE. A reformer. BUT with a House and Senate GOP that are willing and able to communicate effectively and follow through GOP POTUS’ decisions to cut the deficit and streamline and avoid the red tape right now in DC.

When it comes to foreign policy, no doubt Bolton has tremendous knowledge, expertise and constantly follows each step that the Middle East countries take, along with Cuba and South America. Does Romney strikes me as an appeaser, or as tough-as-nails president? I even have a hunch that these two would clash!

And remember those good ol’ times when we wanted Bolton as the top of the ticket?

ProudPalinFan on January 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I’m really at a loss to understand why the guy who sat on the couch with Pelosi, rails against capitalism, asked his second of three wives for an “open marriage”, backs amnesty for illegal aliens and has never worked a real job in the private sector is somehow the conservative alternative to the guy who built one of the top private businesses in America helping to create and/or turnaround scores of others in the process, stayed true to his faith, wife and children and pledged to veto the Dream Act and all other amnesty proposals.

Re his previous “moderate” positions, he was the Governor of Massachusetts for chrissakes! Do you honestly expect that he could maintain a pristine conservative record in that position?

We’re electing a President. Not a file folder full of policy papers. Let Newt be Chief of Staff or something, but not the Republican candidate for President.

Progressive Heretic on January 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I do have to admit that Romney’s handling of illegal immigrants is the only position that I agree with. That’s it.

ProudPalinFan on January 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

You’re supporting Newt Gingrich. You’re not a conservative.

Upside on Newt though, at least he’ll get the swingers vote.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Greg Gutfeld beat you at that joke four days ago.

ProudPalinFan on January 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Sad.

Guess we are up aginst them all.

It is U.S. aginst the two party Washington D.C. power elites.

They think they own U.S. and they want to count the votes just like Stalin did.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Uh, except of course – Romney is not a conservative. Romney and obama are two sides of the same coin, and Romney will be unable to distinguish himself from obama in a head-to-head match up – Romney is obama’s dream opponent.

Both Romney and Gingrich are liberal-leaning “progressives”. Rick Santorum is the only conservative in the current race, and the only candidate who can beat obama.

Pork-Chop on January 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

John, I hate to tell you, but Romney is NOT a conservative! Worse, Gingrich is a big government ‘progressive’ republican! We are so screwed!

GFW on January 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I must admit I am somewhat mystified by some of these comments: we are talking about POLITICS after all.

I am solidly ABO…I mean SOLID. IMHO, the Tea Party influence has been stronger than anybody realizes. While Romney is struggling to make his record read more conservative, Newt is realizing that his old, confrontational style is just what the electorate has been pining for. Like all politicians, each of these guys are just marketing to public expectations.

If we do our job right in November, we will have elected a majority of conservatives to the senate as well as replaced the Obamanation we now have. While the Chief Executive is powerful, w/o congressional backing he/she cannot become an ‘Imperial’ president.

For my money, now that Cain is out, Newt is the most attractive candidate. The ‘serial philanderer’ label didn’t hurt Clinton…it shouldn’t stick to Newt either. ‘Sides, we only have his ex-wifes’ version anyway. Let’s just focus on getting rid of The One and giving whoever gets the job a congress that wants to get it right.

Anti_anti on January 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Why don’t many here distinguish conservatism from electability?

In most cases, they really are mutually exclusive.

The most conservative on economics by a landslide is Ron Paul and socially is Rick Santorum and the most electable is Mitt Romney on every poll taken in recent memory.

Newt Gingrich holds the distinction of not having the most conservative record on anything while carrying the most baggage to the general. If you think he is the best candidate based on having the dirtiest campaign and best sound bites from debates, I’m not sure you are thinking clearly.

He should be poison to anyone who wants Obama out of office.

Zybalto on January 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

He (Newt) should be poison to anyone who wants Obama out of office.

Zybalto on January 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Exactly.

Priscilla on January 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I’ll vote for whomever the GOP nominee is, because I’m ABO first. But if it’s Gingrich and he loses in a landslide that I fully expect him to, then I’m done with the party for life. In fact, I will donate annually to any viable right-of-center faction spinoff or third party. After the election, I want nothing to do with the base of a party that could show such poor judgment as to seriously nominate Newt.

Many in the GOP “base” believe the party can remain relevant by becoming a parochial Party of the South. It can’t, because the reality is that there are more conservatives in absolute numbers in the North than in the South. I will concentrate on local politics and issues instead. I am thankful that I live in New Hampshire and pay some of the lowest taxes in the country and have the best K12 education system as well.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Romney – a Dukakis and Kerry Liberal pretending to be more conservative while running for POTUS – is more likely to split the GOP than Newt. Newt might lose, but there are lots of Republicans who claim they won’t vote for another McCain, or stay in the party if that’s all they get to vote for.

BTW, if you really don’t want to be a Republican, no one is stopping you from forming your own party.

Gladtobehere on January 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Sigh….Romney and his supporters wake up from your utter delusion and leave the parallel universe you live and get back to plant Earth.

Romney the founder and CEO of Bain Capital is not going to defeat Obama and there is no way under the Sun that he can survive his Bain Capital record in the general elections.

mnjg on January 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Amb Bolton is sooo right!!! AND…. many countries have laws that if a woman is whore or adultereer like Callista is …she would be stoned to death in their countries… IT would be FORBIDDEN for “clean” people to touch her OR him. You people better know what we are getting ourselves into with this couple!!!! Santorum, Romney or Paul would be better

charmingtail on January 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Amb Bolton is sooo right!!! AND…. many countries have laws that if a woman is whore or adultereer like Callista is …she would be stoned to death in their countries… IT would be FORBIDDEN for “clean” people to touch her OR him. You people better know what we are getting ourselves into with this couple!!!! Santorum, Romney or Paul would be better

charmingtail on January 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

As if anyone cares a rats behind what OTHER countries do.

Do you walk around with a surgical mask and gloves like the late, great M. Jackson or do you prefer a full body condom/burkha?

Anti_anti on January 21, 2012 at 3:11 PM

it won’t earn Romney any interest from war-weary independents

A resurgent US military will change the game. Rumsfeld read the wrong book on that one. We need a big stick.

I don’t believe Bolton is cynical enough to be sniffing around for a job. Our foreign policy would fix itself if he were SoS. Reagan carried a big stick and seldom used it. Bolton would scare the life out of Iran and Venezuela. All he would have to do is flash crazy eyes at them. He would not tolerate brinksmanship.

Bolton also sees through all of the UN crap. If he could influence a decision to get us out of the UN, the rest of the world would be at our feet looking for protection from madmen like Ahmadinejad and Putin. We could really use the revenue recovered from parking tickets, property taxes and contributions.

Bolton is the man!

the_souse on January 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

mnjg on January 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

So what is this “Bain Capital record” of which you speak? Romney was on a leave of absence to run for MA governer when the Ampad stuff went down. He created more net jobs with the companies they saved. If anything needs a “turnaround” expert right now it’s the US.

We will never have the perfect candidate: we have to go with the best one in the field. The sooner we get in line the better. The GOP is acting like a weak party. The more we bicker over dumb things it will only make the Democrats stronger.

“Romneybots”? You Ron Paul/Kos supporters are so easy to weed out. There’s no room for mob mentality on this blog. Get serious or get out.

I like Gingrich a lot, but I don’t think the Media will treat him fairly with the infidelity issue (just like they did with John Edwards, right?) or the ethics violations that happened 15 years ago. A Gingrich nomination would make an Obama re-election (say that to yourself) possible.

If Bain Capital is all they have on Romney, I like our chances with him much better.

the_souse on January 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I’ll vote for whomever the GOP nominee is, because I’m ABO first. But if it’s GingrichMitt and he loses in a landslide that I fully expect him to, then I’m done with the party for life. In fact, I will donate annually to any viable right-of-center faction spinoff or third party. After the election, I want nothing to do with the base of a party that could show such poor judgment as to seriously nominate Newt.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Yep, see, it works just as well that way.

The point is, we don’t have a Reagan conservative in the race. We could have, but too many Mitt and Ron fans played the concern troll for too long, and helped spread the media’s “unelectable” theme. And so we settle for reprising 2008, and can only hope that the ABO sentiment is strong enough to avoid a total repeat of that year.

Freelancer on January 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Bolton is a RINO!
McConnell is a RINO!

Only a capitalism-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian who has lived in DC metro for 30 years is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Exactly. How on earth the man who betrays his cause on numerous occasions (threw Paul Ryan under the bus, called FDR the “greatest president of the 20th century” numerous times, ran OWS style attacks on a fellow Republican candidate thus legitimizing socialistic arguments) is considered a True Conservative is beyond me.

netster007x on January 22, 2012 at 4:15 AM

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netster007x on January 22, 2012 at 4:30 AM

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