Video: Romney “not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net”

posted at 9:50 am on February 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I said that only Mitt Romney could derail Mitt Romney this month.  Did my prediction come true already?  The media and Romney detractors have jumped all over this statement to CNN in which Romney says that he is “not concerned about the very poor,” but that slice of Romney’s statement is entirely misleading — although it’s certainly not adept for a front-runner:

The Washington Post, to its credit, quotes the entire statement rather than just parsing out the controversial fragment:

In an interview with CNN Wednesday morning that should have been a Florida victory lap, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made a fumble that could give rivals an attack ad sound bite.

Asked about his economic plan, Romney said repeatedly that he was not concerned with very poor Americans, but was focused instead on helping the middle class.

Romney explained that he was confident that food stamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid and other assistance would keep the poor afloat — he pledged to fix holes in that safety net “if it needs repair.” He repeated past statements that his main focus is the middle class because those people, in his opinion, have been hardest hit by the recession (President Obama also has focused many of his efforts on the middle class).

But Romney’s awkward phrasing could give fuel to critics who argue that he does not empathize with the poorest Americans.

Well, only if the statement gets taken out of context, where Romney clearly commits to keeping safety-net programs in place for the very poor.  Unfortunately for Romney, there won’t be any easier prediction this year than that the truncated quote will end up in attack ads all year long, taken out of context.  The only question will be whether those attacks are limited to Democrats, or if other Republicans will join in on the fun.

In that sense, this is still a gaffe and a worrisome misstep for someone who has been on the campaign trail as long as Romney.  Candidates are supposed to express concern for everyone, not just one particular class, which gets to the more substantial error Romney makes.  As author Brad Thor pointed out on Twitter, the focus should be on fixing the economy so that everyone benefits rather than playing one class against another, as Barack Obama has done.  Romney fell into a class-warfare trap, one he should have seen coming.  It’s not fatal by any means, but Romney had better sharpen himself more for a general election campaign.


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huh? no idea what you are talking about…when did Romney call Obama ‘nice guy’? Oh, I forgot that you take your perceptions and figments of imagination for the real thing…

jimver on February 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

can you be anymore uninformed about romney?? here’s the link not that it will sway you but its scary taht you seem to know so little about your candidate. this is a bad as when mccain admonished a person during the election saying we had nothing to fear from an obama presidency.

chasdal on February 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

George Soros is smiling today…

… Thanks!

Seven Percent Solution on February 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

If Mittens is the nominee, look forward to a great deal of pain.

After the general election is over, the only concilation to be had will be in excoriating and boycotting the Ann Coulter and Matt Drudge types out there who shoved this guy down our throats.
They would be of more use to society if they were toilet attendants.

Reggie1971 on February 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yes, and you’re right in line to replace them with the Reggie1971 Report, right?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

And none of them will vote for him in the general.

This is McCain all over again.

Missy on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Bingo. The only chance to break this cycle is to nominate a full blown, flame throwing conservative that is not afraid, and is able to talk about what conservatism is. When conservatism is explained correctly without fear, it always wins.

Romney can’t do it, he is a poser. Newt can do it. Santorum can do it. But only Newt can take it to the media and the left in a way that will work. Romney is McCain all over again. The fix is in and the country is screwed beyond measure if Barry gets a second term to go full commie on all of us.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Pssst! Mitt! You’re supposed to at least pretend to care about the unwashed masses. Come on! Republican 101, man!

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

If Mittens is the nominee, look forward to a great deal of pain.

After the general election is over, the only concilation to be had will be in excoriating and boycotting the Ann Coulter and Matt Drudge types out there who shoved this guy down our throats.
They would be of more use to society if they were toilet attendants.

Reggie1971 on February 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Yes, and you’re right in line to replace them with the Reggie1971 Report, right?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Actually no, but despite the fact that they have mysteriously escaped your attention, there are other options out there to obtain information from.

Reggie1971 on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Actually no, but despite the fact that they have mysteriously escaped your attention, there are other options out there to obtain information from.

Reggie1971 on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Educate me.

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

can you be anymore uninformed about romney?? here’s the link not that it will sway you but its scary taht you seem to know so little about your candidate. this is a bad as when mccain admonished a person during the election saying we had nothing to fear from an obama presidency.

chasdal on February 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

oh give me a break…just because he’s not angry and he does not yell at the media like that imbecile Newt, doesn’t mean he can’t stand his ground…you can do that without yelling you know, and without calling your opponent a Kenyan anti-colonialist (what a terrible, terrible thing, to be anti-colonialist, talking of Newtron gaffes loool :-)..Romney will do what he needs to do against Obama in the generals, I have no doubt about it…so, mind you non-candidate until then…

jimver on February 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Gee,I don’t Mitt, with you shaking your head no like that, and blinking your eyes like you’re sending messages to your followers, it kind of makes me DISBELIEVE EVERY SOUND COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. My conclusion is that if Mitt needs to come across as honest and straightforward, he is in Big trouble. Watch the video people.

bigmike on February 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Bingo. The only chance to break this cycle is to nominate a full blown, flame throwing conservative that is not afraid, and is able to talk about what conservatism is. When conservatism is explained correctly without fear, it always wins.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

You know zip about the electorate. Keep your silly opinions to yourself please.

rubberneck on February 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

By the end of the week…

… Mittens will be saying “My friends…”

He already said “Let me be clear…” last night…

Seven Percent Solution on February 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You know zip about the electorate. Keep your silly opinions to yourself please.

rubberneck on February 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Silence the masses….

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Romney will do what he needs to do against Obama in the generals, I have no doubt about it…so, mind you non-candidate until then…

jimver on February 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

And when your wrong and Romney loses Bob Dole / John McCain style will you continue living your life in such a uninformed clueless fashion? Pay attention to history..it helps.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

We may as well just hang it up, if we’re going to focus on watching every single word coming out of our mouths, because the left will mischaracterize what we say, no matter what we say and how we say it.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Don’t say stupid things and the left won’t be able to use it.

Say things like I LOVE TO FIRE PEOPLE and I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE POOR and the left will use it.

Stop saying those things and they won’t. Pretty simple.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Who should the “GOP” pick for the primary voters? Some guy who has a big smile, no record or executive experience that says “hope and change” a lot?

moo on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

What I’m saying is that the GOP should pay attention to the primaries.

In 2008 the Florida Primary was:
John McCain (36%), Mitt Romney (31%), Rudy Giuliani (15%), Mike Huckabee (14%) Turnout: 1,949,498

In 2012 the Florida Primary was:
Mitt Romney (46.4%),Newt Gingrich (31.9%),Rick Santorum (13.4%),Ron Paul (7%)
Turnout: 1,663,698

The fact that the GOP is crusading against Gingrich indicates it’s disdain for the Republican conservative base. The GOP picked the wrong pony in 2008 and now the GOP is betting on the loser of the 2008 primary to be it’s knight in shining armor for 2012. This will backfire in the GOP’s face. This is why I say that Obama will whip the GOP’s tired nag, and it serves the arrogant GOP right.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

by the way:

Ersatz means ‘substituting for, and typically inferior in quality’

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

George Soros is smiling today…
… Thanks!
Seven Percent Solution on February 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

And Alfred Hussein Newman knows he might as well just vacay from now until November.

Sheesh.

Cleombrotus on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Earlier today, I said that only Mitt Romney could derail Mitt Romney this month. Did my prediction come true already?

I think you are right but he has some work yet to do in order to actually derail his nomination.

We may as well just hang it up, if we’re going to focus on watching every single word coming out of our mouths, because the left will mischaracterize what we say, no matter what we say and how we say it.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

And yet look at how Paul does against Obama in polling. He takes a harder line on these issues than any other candidate and is easily the straightest shooter in the presidential race. He pretty much violates all those rules you refer to without being rude. I’ve got to throw in the obligatory “I’m not a [place subject candidate name here]fan” qualification but he does better than Newt against Obama so I’m not sure you are right that strident talk about the critical issues (especially fiscal) are somehow taboo because the opposition might point it out.

lexhamfox on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

All state ballots should be revised as follows (IF Romney prevails):

Barack Obama, Democrat
Mitt ‘Milquetoast’ Romney, Ersatz Republican (Democrat wannabe)

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Who should the “GOP” pick for the primary voters? Some guy who has a big smile, no record or executive experience that says “hope and change” a lot?

moo on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Well off the top of my head how about someone who DIDN’T implement a health insurance mandate in his state? Crazy, right?

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

And none of them will vote for him in the general.

This is McCain all over again.

Missy on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Bingo. The only chance to break this cycle is to nominate a full blown, flame throwing conservative that is not afraid, and is able to talk about what conservatism is. When conservatism is explained correctly without fear, it always wins.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

mk, you are DEFINITELY describing Newton Gingrich to a “T”.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“What was it he used to say about the needy? He had a term for them…”

“A shower of bastards.”

So had to include that here…

KMA Too on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

And when your wrong and Romney loses Bob Dole / John McCain style will you continue living your life in such a uninformed clueless fashion? Pay attention to history..it helps.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Well, I can go back a little further in history, to the abysmal Carter years, which led to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.

This is not the same country it was in 2008. We have seen what Obama has done– and FAILED to do — and we don’t have an electorate who is weary of eight years of Bush.

Comparing Romney to McCain is very flawed, in many ways, and your version of the way we ought to view history just doesn’t cut it.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

You really are an incredibly boring troll.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Nailed with Steynian eloquence, like no other ever could.

Romney’s is a benevolent patrician’s view of society: The poor are incorrigible, but let’s add a couple more groats to their food stamps and housing vouchers, and they’ll stay quiet. Aside from the fact that that kind of thinking has led the western world to near terminal insolvency, for a candidate whose platitudinous balderdash of a stump speech purports to believe in the most Americanly American America that any American has ever Americanized over, it’s as dismal a vision of permanent trans-generational poverty as any Marxist community organizer with a cozy sinecure on the Acorn board would come up with.

Vacuous beyond belief, and the fat lady isn’t even getting ready to clear her throat.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Comparing Romney to McCain is very flawed, in many ways, and your version of the way we ought to view history just doesn’t cut it.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more. Romney is DEFINITELY more liberal than McCain, and McCain is DEFINITELY more liberal than Gingrich.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Oops!

That one is going to be worn out by November. Circle the wagons, boys, and leave em parked rights where they are. Candidate Mutt is a gaffe machine.

james23 on February 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Obama will run to the right of Romney, because he’ll have an easy time of it.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Reagan lost to Ford, Ford lost to Carter, Reagan beat Carter.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Ford was the sitting President. It was not an open primary like in 2008 when Romney couldn’t beat McCain. Even so, Reagan made a good run at it and only narrowly lost to Ford on the first ballot.

Reagan was a thousand times stronger candidate than Romney in both ’76 and ’80.

Missy on February 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Bingo. The only chance to break this cycle is to nominate a full blown, flame throwing conservative that is not afraid, and is able to talk about what conservatism is. When conservatism is explained correctly without fear, it always wins.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

mk, you are DEFINITELY describing Newton Gingrich to a “T”.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

This is what the Mittbots refuse to acknowledge. Mittens doesn’t know how to explain conservative values because he isn’t one. He knows how to repeat the same platitudes about America being great 1000 times and call it a speech.

Gingrich doesn’t need a speech, he just talks about what he believes. And also attacks Obama when he talks, as opposed to Mittens who calls Obama a nice guy.

But he sat on a couch and is divorced, so he can’t be prescient.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Soros lover Obama AND Mittens! We are DOOMED (it’s not too late to give Mittens the old boot, though . . . let’s do it)!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

You really are an incredibly boring troll.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Right, anyone who doesn’t agree with you is a troll…

Is that all you got?

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Soros loves Obama AND Mittens! We are DOOMED (it’s not too late to give Mittens the old boot, though . . . let’s do it)!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

JannyMae: Your name impacts your credibilty in a negative way (SORRY!)

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I’m not sure you are right that strident talk about the critical issues (especially fiscal) are somehow taboo because the opposition might point it out.

lexhamfox on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I’m saying that it shouldn’t be taboo, but many believe it should be.

We’re on the same page. Straight talk is the way to go, because no matter what we say or how we say it, the left will find a way to (try to) exploit it to their advantage.

IMO, they will be less successful at exploiting straight talk, than if we dance around and try to avoid giving them ammo.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

But he sat on a couch and is divorced, so he can’t be prescient.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Beißen Sie Ihre Zunge!

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Comparing Romney to McCain is very flawed, in many ways, and your version of the way we ought to view history just doesn’t cut it.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

McCain was a liberal old white guy.
Romney is a liberal old white guy.

You’re right, totally different.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Right, anyone who doesn’t agree with you is a troll…

Is that all you got?

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Maybe you ought to read my other posts to see what else I’ve got.

This guy is engaging in typical, antagonistic troll tactics. He does it all the time, but because you agree with him, you don’t see it. So bite me, sweetheart.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

See, if Gingrich had said anything remotely equivalent to this, (he wouldn’t have of course because he knows the “safety net” has become part of the problem) you know he would have at least been intending to start a national debate on the subject but with Romney you get the impression it’s just sound bite material that he really doesn’t have a clue about.

This is not looking good for the home team.

Cleombrotus on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

That one is going to be worn out by November. Circle the wagons, boys, and leave em parked rights where they are. Candidate Mutt is a gaffe machine.

james23 on February 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

‘Candidate Mutt!’ . . . great stuff james23! I really do like it!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

You really are an incredibly boring troll.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Of course. Anyone who doesn’t put on his knee pads in front of Obama is a troll.

Yawn.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Right, anyone who doesn’t agree with you is a troll…

Is that all you got?

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Look at your buddy’s posts. Anybody who disagrees with him is a “Mittbot.”

Keep defending him. Please.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

So bite me, sweetheart.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Keeping it classy, Mittbot style.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

This is not the same country it was in 2008. We have seen what Obama has done– and FAILED to do — and we don’t have an electorate who is weary of eight years of Bush.

This is true. But the media is still in the tank for Obama. So are the unions and every wack job leftist smear group you can think of. Throw in a Billion dollars for Obama to spread his propeganda that Romney is a rich guy who could care less about the poor and you have a serious problem.

At least Newt can fight the media and the left because Newt can explain conservatism to the masses just like Reagan did. Romney has no ability to do this because well, Romney is a liberal who wrote the blueprint for Obamacare and casted his vote for Jimmy Carter then Walter Mondale.

I think you and I want the same thing however. To defeat Obama.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

This guy is engaging in typical, antagonistic troll tactics. He does it all the time, but because you agree with him, you don’t see it. So bite me, sweetheart.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

How to win friends and influence people…LOL

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

St. Mitt the Victimized just can’t forment a thought in his head and communicate it to his mouth. Its time for him to go back home and shut up.

Mirimichi on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

You’re right, totally different.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Too bad that’s not at all what I said. Come on, call me a Mittbot again. You know you want to. It’s all you’ve got.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

See, if Gingrich had said anything remotely equivalent to this, (he wouldn’t have of course because he knows the “safety net” has become part of the problem) you know he would have at least been intending to start a national debate on the subject but with Romney you get the impression it’s just sound bite material that he really doesn’t have a clue about.

This is not looking good for the home team.

Cleombrotus on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Romney is not on my ‘home team’. He belongs on the other side (DEMOCRAT); as a matter of fact, how about OBAMA/MIIT 2012, a much better fit!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

JannyMae and the rest of the bots are starting to have buyer’s remorse. It’s quite evident. And they’re lashing out. Sand, pathetic and funny all at once.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

OBAMA/MITT 2012, a much better fit!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Too bad that’s not at all what I said. Come on, call me a Mittbot again. You know you want to. It’s all you’ve got.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

You’re a delusional Mittbot who thinks everyone lives in a Glenn Beck world.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Actually no, but despite the fact that they have mysteriously escaped your attention, there are other options out there to obtain information from.

Reggie1971 on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Educate me.

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Oh Newsmax is one. There are plenty out there.

Reggie1971 on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Wow. Let Obama use his combine his comments with what he did at Bain. Yep, this guy is our sure fire nominee to take Obama on.

El_Terrible on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Keeping it classy, Mittbot style.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I’m not a Romney supporter, and I never have been.

Thank you for proving my point. It’s all you’ve got. You can’t defend Newt. All you can do is bash Romney.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

OBAMACARE/ROMNEYCARE 2012, ‘We Know What’s Best for Your Health . . .and we make you pay for it too!’

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

OBAMA/MITT 2012, a much better fit!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

If Barry called Mittens today and said, wanna be my VP, he’d says yes.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I’m not a Romney supporter, and I never have been.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

You’re beyond a supporter. You’re a sycophant.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I think you and I want the same thing however. To defeat Obama.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Yes, we do. I just don’t agree that the answer to the problem is Newt Gingrich.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

MM nails him too.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

It won’t matter because Obama is going to kick Romney’s A$$ (IF he’s the nominee)!! It will be very delicious to see!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

And this would insure that this country will go down the rat hole of history.

The people on this site have a history of destroying any candidate who is not a “perfect conservative”. Guess what. There aren’t any.

Read the entire quote: http://news.yahoo.com/romney-not-concerned-very-poor-160802569–abc-news.html

The real message is that the middle class that has been pulling the wagon filled with free-loaders for too long and needs some attention paid to their plight. We need to take care of them.

Have any of you noted that what should be the real target of this site Obama is also a multi million-aire. Where did he get his millions? From the parsite belly of politics, not from hard work like Romney.

Stop killing our own, no matter how much you disagree with them.

Right now I would vote for Santorum, but I would not smear any of the others with nit-picky inuendos that would detract from from the ultimate goal of defeating the greatest cancer on our republic, Obama.

Alferd Packer on February 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

JannyMae and the rest of the bots are starting to have buyer’s remorse. It’s quite evident. And they’re lashing out. Sand, pathetic and funny all at once.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

What’s pathetic is that you keep calling me a Mittbot. Then one assumption leads to another and another…are you sure you’re not a liberal? You seem to “think” the way they do.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Fun, fun, fun :)

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

So “I’m not concerned about the poor” and “I like to fire people”. Before you say anything, I know both of these are taken out of context, but to the average voter who will see these in attack ads (and both these sayings will be in one, probably together), it will be devastating.

Part of me is so sad, but part of me thinks it’s funny that 2008 is playing all over again. I mean back then, the media and people were saying McCain was the only one who could possible beat Obama or Hillary. He could appeal to the independents because of his opposition with his own party. Well, we nominated him, and look what happened. The media that was nice to him turned on him in a second. The independents went to Obama. The same thing is playing out now. Romney is pretty much the media’s pick at the moment. We are being told that he’s the only one who can beat Obama because he will draw in the Independents. But at the end of the day, I say we are going to lose because once again, conservatives are not going to be energized. We are going to have an unenthusiastic base once again because we keep running moderates who constantly LOSE!

And I’m getting tired of Fox News. Right now Fox News is doing for Romney what MSNBC did for Obama during his primary with Hillary. Fox News better watch it, or they could lose a chuck of their viewership just like MSNBC did when they dumped all over Hillary.

We are so screwed!!
Gay Conservative Out!

Stryker83 on February 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Yes, we do. I just don’t agree that the answer to the problem is Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

There…all fixed up and shiny.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

You’re beyond a supporter. You’re a sycophant.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

More troll droppings from you. I won’t respond to you anymore.

Bye!

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Romney can’t do it, he is a poser. Newt can do it. Santorum can do it. But only Newt can take it to the media and the left in a way that will work.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Unfortunately, it appears you truly do live in the Magic Kingdom.

Earlier this week Gallup published results of a poll that demonstrates that Newt runs the worst of all Republican candidates head-to-head against Obama both among registered swing state voters and registered national voters:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-27/swing-states-poll/52871890/1

As my 19 year old College Republican daughter said when she came home last weekend: “Anyone who believes a fat old guy who left Congress under a cloud, has been married three times, has more baggage than an airport and loves to hear himself talk will be elected President is crazy.”

bw222 on February 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

A while back Mitt was at a campaign event of some sorts and an Occupy nut came up to him and asked him (paraphrasing) how he would be able to help the 99% given that Mitt is in the 1% and Mitt had a terrific response and slammed the guy for trying to divide the country. It was a moment like that that gave me hope that Mitt would move forward as a real Conservative who wants to treat everyone equally and stop with the division and pandering. Well, that didn’t last long. Sure, this quote will be taken out of context but the bigger issue to me is that he is buying into the class nonsense.

SleightOfHand on February 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

What’s pathetic is that you keep calling me a Mittbot. Then one assumption leads to another and another…are you sure you’re not a liberal? You seem to “think” the way they do.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Anyone who doesn’t bow down to St. Willard is a liberal and/or a troll. But you’re not a Mittbot. LOL

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Bingo. The only chance to break this cycle is to nominate a full blown, flame throwing conservative that is not afraid, and is able to talk about what conservatism is. When conservatism is explained correctly without fear, it always wins.

Romney can’t do it, he is a poser. Newt can do it. Santorum can do it. But only Newt can take it to the media and the left in a way that will work. Romney is McCain all over again. The fix is in and the country is screwed beyond measure if Barry gets a second term to go full commie on all of us.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

If you think Newt has espoused conservative principles correctly without fear, then your grasp of conservative principles is severely different from mine.

Kriggly on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

More troll droppings from you. I won’t respond to you anymore.

Bye!

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Wahhh wahhh wahhh. You’re a Mittbot with thinner skin than most.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

If you think Newt has espoused conservative principles correctly without fear, then your grasp of conservative principles is severely different from mine.

Kriggly on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Did Glenn Beck tell you so?

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

There…all fixed up and shiny.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I know you’re being a smartass, but you have inadvertently hit on on the truth. I don’t think there is much difference between Romney and Gingrich. I don’t really want EITHER OF THEM. I think Santorum is actually the best choice, and if he is still in the race when the AZ primary comes up, I will likely vote for him.

But you can just dismiss what I just said, because enragedEd says I’m a Mittbot.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

What’s next, “I don’t care about the elderly, they’ve got Romney, ah ah, I mean Obamacare. Hee hee hee hee.”

I like Newt’s message better about getting people off food stamps.

lea on February 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM

MM nails him too.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

http://www.punditandpundette.com/2012/02/mr-electable-hones-his-message-im-not.html

Breitbart has it too, most do. Haven’t checked in awhile, but last I looked still not on Drudge.

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Unfortunately, it appears you truly do live in the Magic Kingdom.

Earlier this week Gallup published results of a poll that demonstrates that Newt runs the worst of all Republican candidates head-to-head against Obama both among registered swing state voters and registered national voters:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-27/swing-states-poll/52871890/1

bw222 on February 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Aha….there’s your problem…USA Today…these are all just opinions. Opinions are like dupas. We all have them, and they all stink.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Earlier this week Gallup published results of a poll that demonstrates that Newt runs the worst of all Republican candidates head-to-head against Obama both among registered swing state voters and registered national voters:

Those polls are put out so you think Romney is the only safe choice to go with..only to find out that once Romney gets the nomination ( because suckers fell for the bogus polls ), Romney gets destroyed because he is not a conservative that can rise above the leftist predictable attack.

I also want to remind you and your daughter that Reagan was down by 30 points to Carter in 1980 at one point. How many states did Reagan end up winning again? Oh, Romney voted for Carter.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Yeah, it’s pretty bad when your front runner’s a better candidate for the other team.

Cleombrotus on February 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“The real message is that the middle class that has been pulling the wagon filled with free-loaders for too long and needs some attention paid to their plight. We need to take care of them.”

I agree if you’re sorta, kinda, referring to the fact that between 49 & 51% of all those who actually work are NOT paying any Federal income tax-a HUGE issue IMHO,then the only candidate who actually addressed that issue point blank was Bachman when she said that every citizen should be paying at least something. I don’t ever recall any of the other candidates dealing with this issue.

mooseygoosey on February 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Breitbart has it too, most do. Haven’t checked in awhile, but last I looked still not on Drudge.

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

…because Ann Coulter got high/drunk over Mitt’s win and left Matt’s tiny gonads (not by size, for the dirty ones, by lack of guts) tied up. The poor chap can’t get to the knives.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

His point is that POOR do not stay POOR if they don’t want to be. People remain at their low income rates, in general, due to lack of ambition and laziness.

The safety net system, is designed for people who have NO CONTROL over their financial status. It’s not designed to support slackers, or people who dont want to work and contribute to society. Also, what is considered POOR, is largely a joke as they usually have internet access and a play station with a 40″ LCD television set. POOR is largely exaggerated in this country, for POLITICAL reasons.

TX-96 on February 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

OOOuchhh, bbbbbut Mark Levin said we should leave Drudge alone.

Pay no attention to that shiny ball, nothing to see here!

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Sorry if this has already been said…HOW OBTUSE!

That safety net has holes all over it and couldn’t catch a fly.

It’s terrible that we have this group to choose over because they make Obama look smart.

moonsbreath on February 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Why not Ron Paul?

We can survive a nuclear Iran.

We can even survive if the Middle East falls into chaos and rogue states run a muck.

But we can’t survive our huge runaway deficit. Ron Paul can fix that.

tkyang99 on February 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

His point is that POOR do not stay POOR if they don’t want to be. People remain at their low income rates, in general, due to lack of ambition and laziness.

TX-96 on February 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

That simply does not matter. We know what Mitt was trying to say, and I think he screwed up because he was tired..still, all they have to do is run the headline and the soundbite over and over and over again and we all know the result. Romney is a rich out of touch snob who hates poor people who also loves firing hard working innocent Americans.

The headline is ALREADY everywhere. Ahh, we see it all coming at slow mation train wreck speed don’t we?

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

MM nails him too.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

AP got hold of it. Next, Gingrich’s Moon base.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I know Mittens made a speech last night and said a few things about Obowma…

… but I bet in the next primary states he is already airing ads against Republicans.

Obowma is just a little over his head, but he’s a nice guy…

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

LOL.

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

“Obama’s re-election campaign was quick to pick up on Romney’s reference to the poor. “So much for `we’re all in this together,’” tweeted Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.”

“So they told me to cheer up, that things could get worse. So I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse.” ~~ME

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I know Mittens made a speech last night and said a few things about Obowma…

… but I bet in the next primary states he is already airing ads against Republicans.

Obowma is just a little over his head, but he’s a nice guy…

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM

My friends, fight with me, fight with me…

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Romney said he is open to talking about whether the “ample safety net” for the poor — such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers — needs to be strengthened or fixed.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72297.html#ixzz1l9pj5AHP

NO, MITT, NO……Don’t backtrack by promising more FOOD STAMPS!

Good Lord, what have we done….

takeamericabackin10 on February 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I am sick of hearing this man’s name. I am tired of seeing this man’s face everywhere. I don’t like him. I want this man to go away. Go home. Leave the political scene and just go away. Let us move on to the next foot-in-mouth insider elitist big-government moron on the list, please.

AttaBoyLuther on February 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I don’t consider this an issue but I notice the media are very intimidated by Romney… every interview they’re frightened

apocalypse on February 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The GOP. A place where benighted “conservatives” use truncated quotes to attack their betters.

Basilsbest on February 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

takeamericabackin10 on February 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Great Job Florida!
They sure do have the pulse of the problems…electiblity.
Looks like the Romney fans have left the building …for now.

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Don’t say stupid things and the left won’t be able to use it.

Say things like I LOVE TO FIRE PEOPLE and I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE POOR and the left will use it.

Stop saying those things and they won’t. Pretty simple.

angryed

He didn’t say those things, making your point moot. The left is going to make up whatever they want, no matter what is said by our candidate(whoever that may be). And weak-minded fools like you will fall for it, as you’ve shown here.

xblade on February 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Never mind….

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Good Lord, what have we done….

takeamericabackin10 on February 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“Good Lord, what have we done….”~~George Armstrong Custer June 26, 1876

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM

“”We have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. But we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor,” Romney said.”

Sure sounds like a solid plan to shrink government…

… Now, on to repealing Obowmacare,… well not all of it,… maybe just a little,… after some time to let it work.

/

Own it Mittbots…

Seven Percent Solution on February 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Mitt Romney acknowledges that the economy is improving but this is so despite Obama’s policies. He is immediately attacked by his lessers. Presumably they would prefer that he say the economy is getting worse so that the Media can say: Mitt Romney, who says the economy is getting worse, even as it is clearly getting better if only slightly.

Basilsbest on February 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

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