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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The Stache has taken over the brain in order to sustain its existence.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Maybe the Iranians put a uranium rod under Bolton’s bed?

Radiation poisoning and the subsequent deterioration of one’s faculties caused by said poisoning is the only reason for this statement. That, and Romney’s checkbook.

Dack Thrombosis on January 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Wow carbon_footpring the mental midget gets the first post.

I’ll assuem he’s supporting the Marxist Newt now because “Romney isn’t conservative enough”.

At some point you’ve made enough money.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

And get off my lawn!

Ward Cleaver on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Please STFU, pussy boy. You are a little mosquito.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

keep dreaming about adulterer in chief and his first whore lady, not gonna happen.

hanzblinx on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

The Stache has taken over the brain in order to sustain its existence.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

And first comment out of the gate is a personal insult at Bolton.

I figured we’d at least have five or six before the True Conservatives did something Truly Conservative to a conservative for the heinous sin of endorsing someone who’s not a True Conservative.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Didn’t we just have this article last night?

bgibbs1000 on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Romney also hasn’t cheated on his wife…two times. But that no longer matters to conservatives…it’s all in the paaast!

nonpartisan on January 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Sorry.

I just can not discredit that man. I’d follow him off a cliff. (nice play Romney)

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Bolton’s angling for a cabinet job. He should talk to Bishop. That man knows how to hook ‘em!

predator on January 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Ohhhh…Newt’s gonna give him such a slap!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

That’s quite an endorsement, from the Gold Standard himself, erstwhile Ambassador Bolton.

Paul-Cincy on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

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.

That’s it in a nutshell. The bandwagon effect. And in Bolton’s defense, Mittens looked like he was on the verge of running away with this thing less than a week ago. It’s amazing how quickly a couple debates, a recount in Iowa, and a few slipups on a tax return question can turn the tide.

Doughboy on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Mosquitos and fleas, mosquitos and fleas, I assure you that this newbie, 1punchswill, sits while he pees.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I think Allahpundit would rationalize voting for Satan first before Romney (atheist I know…har har). His mind has been corrupted by RDS.

Still, think Allahpundit is awesome. But my gosh, Gingrich or Santorum. No ##$&#& thank you.

ConservativeLaw on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Funny how Romney actually opposed Reagan’s policies and campaigned against the Contract with America. That’s conservative? Guess Bolton does not want the job.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

An

d first comment out of the gate is a personal insult at Bolton.

I figured we’d at least have five or six before the True Conservatives did something Truly Conservative to a conservative for the heinous sin of endorsing someone who’s not a True Conservative.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

FU.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

So Bolton’s wrong on this. He’s right about so much more.

I trust Gingrich will forgive and offer him the SecState job.

davidk on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

It doesn’t make any difference whether it’s Newt or Mitt, if we don’t get the Senate, Bolton remains a Fox News Analyst.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

keep dreaming about adulterer in chief and his first whore lady, not gonna happen.

hanzblinx on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Wow, you Romneybots are nasty…

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Sorry other than Foreign affairs Bolton is a lefty.

Jesus could endorse Romney himself and it won’t help him win South Carolina. We can only hope Newt self-destructs before he gets the nomination.

PappyD61 on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Sorry.

I just can not discredit that man. I’d follow him off a cliff. (nice play Romney)

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

No need to apologize.

The Stache’s right, after all.

Romney/Jindal, with as Bolton Secretary of Defense!

itsnotaboutme on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Chuck Norris’s beard can take The Stache by more than a Whisker.

SparkPlug on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

hanzblinx on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Glad to see another staunch Republican partisan weigh-in…..lol!

MTLassen on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

You suck Hot Gas. Letting in all these Mitt Bots. Out.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Forget “True Conservative”. Nothing about Romneys record is even moderately conservative. To claim otherwise is to be delusional, or have a complete lack of understanding of what the term means. The latter clearly doesn’t apply to John Bolton; I think he’s just wishing really hard to try and make it so with the power of his mind.

besser tot als rot on January 20, 2012 at 9:42 PM

And first comment out of the gate is a personal insult at Bolton.

I figured we’d at least have five or six before the True Conservatives did something Truly Conservative to a conservative for the heinous sin of endorsing someone who’s not a True Conservative.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

First off, he’s a public figure so there is no off-limits to a personal insult. Second, all he’s doing here is shamelessly pandering for a job or position in the (hoped for) Mittens Administration.

Third, knowing foreign policy well does not compensate for other categories. And fourth, his endorsement (along with all the others who have done so) means that he does not care about the conservatives/tea parties fixing the GOP.

Now where is my bucket of crocodile tears?

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Funny how Romney actually opposed Reagan’s policies and campaigned against the Contract with America. That’s conservative? Guess Bolton does not want the job.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

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

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

Before clicking, I thought, “Et tu, ‘Stache?”

Click and voila!

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Bolton is spot on! Gingrich has as much chance of being President as Stephen Colbert if he were the nominee. It will be ’96 all over again. When will the GOP quit nominating the next old white-haired white guy in line for the nomination? Luckily, they bucked that trend in ’00 and we got W and were spared Weird Al Gore for 8 years. People better wake up.

Rockshine on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

You suck Hot Gas. Letting in all these Mitt Bots. Out.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:42 PM

What do you expect when your kneejerk reaction is personally attacking somebody for their political views (John).

Get out and stay out, toon.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Why on earth would anybody confuse Haircut with a conservative? He describes himself as a progressive.

Typhonian on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Yawn.

The only thing this does for me is to make my impression of Bolton decline. Na it wasn’t that high to begin with.

Norwegian on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Bolton is a RINO!
McConnell is a RINO!

Only a capitalist-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Using Oromney and conservative in the same sentence is blasphemy. What’s with all these closet socialists who talk like conservatives until one of their elitists needs help and is about to fall from power. Bolton had to be a socialist lite to serve in the Bush admin. There were no conservatives in the Bush admin., just a bunch of closet liberals. Spent just like the dems.

they lie on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Sorry other than Foreign affairs Bolton is a lefty.

Jesus could endorse Romney himself and it won’t help him win South Carolina. We can only hope Newt self-destructs before he gets the nomination.

PappyD61 on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

So keep him away from the domestics. We NEED him on the foreigns.

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I agree with Bolton. All of this Newt cheerleading is just going to get Obama elected.

Obama beats Santorum in the latest polling by 10 points. I haven’t seen any recent Gingrich / Obama polling but it would be about the same, or worse.

The numbers on Jan 9 among “likely voters” was Romney with the only R candidate that can possibly beat Obama.

I don’t care how much Republicans like a candidate, Republicans, by themselves, can not get a candidate elected. They are only about 35% of the electorate. You HAVE GOT to have a candidate that gets crossover votes. That is not opinion, that is just plain arithmetic. If Gingrich or Santorum is nominated, the election goes to Obama, he can phone it in.

crosspatch on January 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

You suck Hot Gas. Letting in all these Mitt Bots. Out.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I’ve been around here at least as long as you have, True Conservative. What’s your excuse for acting like a (rhymes with teabag)?

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Why on earth would anybody confuse Haircut with a conservative? He describes himself as a progressive.

Typhonian on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Who’s Newts favorite president again?

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I trust Gingrich will forgive and offer him the SecState job.

davidk on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

He would be wise to do so. That is a hatchet well worth burying.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Only a capitalist-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

You people suck…

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I refuse to crucify John Bolton for his support of Mitt.
Bolton is an excellent conservative and if he supports Mitt I’m sure it’s for good reasons.
Supporting Mitt(I support ABO unless it’s Paul at the moment) doesn’t make a person an automatic RINO.
Seriously-some people need to get off their high horses.
Mitt isn’t the enemy-Obama is.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Chuck Norris’s beard can take The Stache by more than a Whisker.

SparkPlug on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Thread winner. Chuck endorsement>Stache endorsement.

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

And first comment out of the gate is a personal insult at Bolton.

How many personal insults of Newt Gingrich have we had in the past week? Save your tears for someone who cares.

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

It doesn’t make any difference whether it’s Newt or Mitt, if we don’t get the Senate, Bolton remains a Fox News Analyst.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Just imagine four more years of Harry Reid!
That mortician has neutered for the last year… what we thought we gained in the House.

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I trust Gingrich will forgive and offer him the SecState job.

davidk on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

That would be awfully kind of him.

Too bad that only the President can appoint the SecState. So I guess Newt’s never going to be able to make that happen.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

But of course, Bush 41 comparisons don’t play well in a primary. Reagan comparisons do, however strained they might be.

He ought to avoid mentioning Reagan because it reminds people that when Mitt was running against Teddy, Mitt said he was an independent during Reagan-Bush and didn’t want to return to that era.

INC on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

When will the GOP quit nominating the next old white-haired white guy in line for the nomination?

Rockshine on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

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

hanzblinx on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM
haner on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Romneybots or Obamadrones what’s the difference they both suck and hate conservatives anyway.

CoolChange80 on January 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

You people suck…

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Bolton is a RINO!
McConnell is a RINO!

Only a capitalism-bashing, adulterous Freddie Mac Historian is a True Conservative.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Please STFU, pussy boy. You are a little mosquito.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Now we can see how much more mature you are than all the “2 day registration” people.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Dang it! Now the other candidates will have to go with their 2nd choice ‘Stache.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 20, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Sorry other than Foreign affairs Bolton is a lefty.

Jesus could endorse Romney himself and it won’t help him win South Carolina. We can only hope Newt self-destructs before he gets the nomination.

Give me a break. The guy has been a conservative since 1964 and Goldwater.

therightwinger on January 20, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Please STFU, pussy boy. You are a little mosquito.

carbon_footprint on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Such a clever counterargument.

V7_Sport on January 20, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Thread winner. Chuck endorsement>Stache endorsement.

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Chuck Norris only endorses True Conservatives, after all. Anything less is rejected.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Newt will destroy the party.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I refuse to crucify John Bolton for his support of Mitt.
Bolton is an excellent conservative and if he supports Mitt I’m sure it’s for good reasons.
Supporting Mitt(I support ABO unless it’s Paul at the moment) doesn’t make a person an automatic RINO.
Seriously-some people need to get off their high horses.
Mitt isn’t the enemy-Obama is.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Extremely well articulated.

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Why is Mitt suddenly tacking further right on foreign policy, replete with having Bolton, the avatar of hawkishness, stump for him in South Carolina?

Trial balloon for Bolton as VP?

Mitt needs to shore up his conservative support; he’s not to the right of Newt on foreign policy but he’s got the ‘Stache and he has to use him for something. Why not try it out in SC – can’t hurt.

Missy on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Mitt isn’t the enemy-Obama is.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Sometimes when I’m on this site…I think I’ve clicked somewhere else. JugEars is singing, and screwing up family Disney vacations…and we are here, bending over the wrong people!

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Give ‘em a break! Even John Bolton has to eat, people. I can’t blame him for supporting the guy with the most money, organization, media love, and Beltway support.

Punchenko on January 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I have always admired John Bolton and his expertise on foreign matters. His endorsement of Romney will not change that even though I support Newt.

MJZZZ on January 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

How quick you guys turn on Bolton.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/america-hates-newt-gingrich/326161

If Newt ends up being the guy he has more work to do than Romney.

CW on January 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Chuck Norris only endorses True Conservatives, after all. Anything less is rejected.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

If Chuck only endorses ‘true conservatives’ then why the hell did he endorse Schmuckabee?

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I agree with Bolton. All of this Newt cheerleading is just going to get Obama elected.

Obama beats Santorum in the latest polling by 10 points. I haven’t seen any recent Gingrich / Obama polling but it would be about the same, or worse.

The numbers on Jan 9 among “likely voters” was Romney with the only R candidate that can possibly beat Obama.

I don’t care how much Republicans like a candidate, Republicans, by themselves, can not get a candidate elected. They are only about 35% of the electorate. You HAVE GOT to have a candidate that gets crossover votes. That is not opinion, that is just plain arithmetic. If Gingrich or Santorum is nominated, the election goes to Obama, he can phone it in.

crosspatch on January 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Exactly.

V7_Sport on January 20, 2012 at 9:55 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Well said.

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

Extremely well articulated.

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Thank you.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Yeah, you’re right. ‘Stache is so much cooler.

/

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Bolton Secretary of Defense!

Better get a filibuster proof Senate because it won’t happen otherwise. The Dems will go to the mattresses over Bolton. They did it before. The best you could hope for is a recess appointment and those don’t last long enough to make any changes.

Dack Thrombosis on January 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Bolton just wants a job in the next adminstration and he thinks Romney has best chance of winning the nomimination. He’s shilling for a job and so what he says about Romney is irrelevant.

Dr. Tesla on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

These Romney supporters here at Hot Gas sure do know how to make a convincing argument against Romney.

Doubt that’s their intention, but it’s amazingly effective.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

If Chuck only endorses ‘true conservatives’ then why the hell did he endorse Schmuckabee?

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

You clicked on the link, right? The link was there for teh funnies.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

No need to apologize.

The Stache’s right, after all.

Romney/Jindal, with as Bolton Secretary of Defense!

itsnotaboutme on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I could accept that ticket.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 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

Didn’t we just have this article last night?

bgibbs1000 on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Yeah, seems like deja vu all over again…

Moose Drool on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

And first comment out of the gate is a personal insult at Bolton.

I figured we’d at least have five or six before the True Conservatives did something Truly Conservative to a conservative for the heinous sin of endorsing someone who’s not a True Conservative.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

It bothers you that a conservatives vote is equal to yours, doesn’t it? Your vote should be worth 2 more than anyone who disagrees with you, right?

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

You clicked on the link, right? The link was there for teh funnies.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Obviously-no.
My bad.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I don’t understand why people have to love Mitt simply because he’s not Obama and we still can nominate someobdy who is not Mitt or Obama.

Outside of Obama, everybody’s not Obama. That doesn’t mean I must like them all.

Dr. Tesla on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I’m now embarassed over previously liking the man … IMHO, he remains in the pocket of the Bush dynasty.

I found that Reagan took the advice of a conservative group that Newt started. Do I need to publish that link here in Hot Air again?

DannoJyd on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

You clicked on the link, right? The link was there for teh funnies.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM
NOW I did.
Veddy nice! LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Secretary of Attack>Secretary of Defense

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

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!

That sums it all up re. Oromneycare Willard.

they lie on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Bolten’s gonna make a great Secretary of State,in Newty’s
Administration!!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

It bothers you that a conservatives vote is equal to yours, doesn’t it? Your vote should be worth 2 more than anyone who disagrees with you, right?

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

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

Newt will destroy the party.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Maybe, but at least we know that if we elect Romney then Social Security checks will be flowing like water, we’ll have Health Insurance for everyone, and a round of abortions on the house.

At least Iran won’t be able to nuke Europe though, so that’s always good.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

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

You’re supporting Mitt Romney. You’re not a conservative.

See what I did there?

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Depressing to see folks you thought were conservative as the Rino brown-nosers they actually are.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I always liked listening to Bolton discuss foreign affairs as
he seemed to “know his stuff”. However, there was always a
doubt about him in the back of my mind, thinking that something was a little off. I could never quite figure it out.

Now he comes out for Romney. Case solved.

Amjean on January 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Romney/Jindal, with as Bolton Secretary of Defense!

itsnotaboutme on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Sounds decent.

But I would kill a thousand puppies and become the world’s most hated man if it meant a Mitt Romney/Susana Martinez victory, with

Bolton at State,
Brewer at DHS,
Barbour at Ag,
Palin at Energy,
Whitman at Treasury,
Bachmann at Defense,
all other departments folded in to others or otherwise dismantled,

and Estrada and Rogers Brown on the high court.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

If Bolton Thinks Romney is a conservative he doesn’t have a clue who/what we are. NOT A CLUE!

Neox99 on January 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

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

Ok, Ok. That WAS funny

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Depressing to see folks you thought were conservative as the Rino brown-nosers they actually are.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Easy there. This is ABO first and foremost.

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Sounds decent.

But I would kill a thousand puppies and become the world’s most hated man if it meant a Mitt Romney/Susana Martinez victory, with

Bolton at State,
BrewerGuiliani(sp?) at DHS,
BarbourLiz Cheney at Ag,
Palin at Energy,
Whitman at Treasury,
Bachmann at Defense,
all other departments folded in to others or otherwise dismantled,

and Estrada and Rogers Brown on the high court.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

My version, but we’re close.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

davidk on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

no president will offer bolton a cabinet position, especially one so prestigious. he couldnt get confirmed by a republican senate for the position of ambassador to the un so he surely cant get nominated to a cabinet spot. no new president would risk such a high profile defeat so early in his term

chasdal on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Jindal @ HHS.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

My version, but we’re close.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Well, maybe we’ll keep Justice and put Giuliani there instead.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM

You’re supporting Mitt Romney. You’re not a conservative.

See what I did there?

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Yes. You lied. I told the truth when I spoke.

No big deal though, fight on class warrior.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Well, maybe we’ll keep Justice and put Giuliani there instead.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM

My bad. I want Cheney at Justice. When I saw Ag, I read “attorney general,” not Agriculture.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Yes. You lied. I told the truth when I spoke.

No big deal though, fight on class warrior.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM

No, you lied. I told the truth when I spoke.

No big deal though, fight on entitlement crusader.

Again, see what I did there?

But if I think Newt and Romney both suck, then I don’t think I can be a class warrior, I’m just not that awesome.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

O/T,another bank bites zee dust!
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Bank failure update:

1-branch Boothwyn, Pa., bank becomes 3rd of day,
and year, to be closed

Story metadata:
Submitted 2 hours ago from http://www.fdic.gov by editor
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Press Releases:

Capital Bank, National Association, Rockville, Maryland, Assumes All of the Deposits of American Eagle Savings Bank, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2012
http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2012/pr12007.html
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Failed Bank List
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http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/banklist.htm

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

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