Quotes of the day

posted at 11:25 pm on February 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

“Voters in Tuesday’s Michigan Republican primary were looking for a candidate who they thought could beat Barack Obama in November and they found him in Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor won 61 percent voters who said the candidate quality that mattered most was the ability to defeat Obama.

“Overall, 52 percent of Michigan voters said Romney was the Republican candidate most likely to defeat Obama in November; only 26 percent thought former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was most likely to beat Obama.

“An overwhelming majority of voters in Michigan — 54 percent — said the economy was the issue that most mattered in deciding how they voted, and 45 percent of them voted for Romney, compared to 29 percent who voted for Santorum.”

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“In Michigan, it was less of a resounding victory for Romney than a near-miss of a humiliating defeat at the hands of a toppled Pennsylvania senator who is to the right of the Republican mainstream and running a seat-of-his-pants campaign. And that was the easy part…

“‘He’s still in the fight of his life for the next month,’ said Republican consultant John Weaver, who advised former Romney rival Jon Huntsman and GOP nominee John McCain in 2008. ‘If Romney wins the nomination, it will be because he dragged the base kicking and screaming.’…

“‘A win is a win,’ said Republican consultant Charlie Black, who is advising Romney, said of Tuesday’s results. ‘The race is going to go on for a while, but he’s back in a fairly commanding position. There will be plenty of time for him to get back on his main message and re-establish a connection with independent voters who right now are looking askance at all Republicans.’…

“‘Tuesday’s results will certainly stop some of the handwringing over Romney,’ Goeas said. ‘The Romney campaign has had a lot of ups and downs and I haven’t seen any signs of them pushing the panic button. They systematically look forward, and at some point he should get credit for the sturdiness of his campaign.’”

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“‘It does seem that his campaign is having a tough time sort of garnering that — not just that support, but that energy that’s needed,’ former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, a favorite of the movement, said in an interview late Tuesday. ‘Whether Romney wins or loses in Michigan tonight, just the fact that he’s had such a fight in his home state is evidence of that blessing not yet being given to him across the board.’

“Ms. Palin said that if Mr. Romney became the nominee she would support him ’100 percent,’ but said he still had considerable work to do get important portions of his base on his side…

“Yet, there are those conservatives who view Mr. Romney as plenty conservative enough, and are eager to move on to the battle to defeat Mr. Obama, with Mr. Romney as the nominee.

“‘Frankly, the candidates are so close ideologically I just think that we’re losing sight of the huge gulf between our candidates and Obama,’ said James Bopp Jr., a conservative activist and party official in Indiana who supports Mr. Romney. ‘We’re suffering from the ‘grass is always greener’ syndrome.’”

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it is only a matter of when will you decide to join the Team that will defeat Obama?

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM

excuse me?

other than the complete arrogance of that,.. isn’t he supposed to be on OUR team? You know, red team America?

He’s supposed to win us over, win our vote..

Not snap his fingers for us like a trained dog.. that is where your side alienates. He and by extension, you Mitt voters on HA, act as if you are entitled to our support by divine right.

guess again, unless he is TRYING to suppress the turnout for him.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Palin’s a Republican who wants a political future in the GOP.

She also knows that Mitt Romney is a terrible retail candidate who is going to lose to a mediocre President who happens to be a really, really good retail candidate.

Mitt Romney is inevitable all right; an inevitable loser. Mitt Romney is a good businessman. Obama is horrible at that, but he is superb at the one thing Mittens is not good at. Obama is a superb politician. Therein lies Mitt’s downfall.

Palin is pointing out the obvious truth that the Mittbots around here are at pains to avoid. Mitt Romney is having trouble putting away Rick Santorum after a five year campaign for the Presidency in which Mitt has spent well north of 100 million dollars, much of it his own money.

In 2006, Santorum got his a$$ handed to him by a Cigar Store Indian during his reelect, and is basically a big government social conservative who was more relevant to the Nineties GOP than to the more libertarian Party that is emerging today. But Romney is having trouble dispatching him. Which tells me that Romney will be a weak fall candidate who couldn’t get the Base out in a campaign against Che Guevara, much less Obama.

Even Reagan made an endorsement of Gerald Ford in 1976. Ford lost, of course, because he didn’t stand for much of anything except Whipping Inflation Now. Romney’s just an updated version of Gerald Ford, and that’s what we’ll get, a souped up version of the Ford Campaign. And it will lose; because it stands for nothing except getting a bunch of very wealthy K-Street Republicans and their Wall Street allies closer to the feed trough than they are today.

The Ford Campaign came very close in 1976, but lost to Carter because of two things: the Nixon Pardon and Conservatives staying home. But that campaign was emblematic of a GOP that was satisfied to lose as long as it got its share of the loot.

What Palin gets about Romney that the Mittbots will never understand is the lack of conviction in the man himself. Romney is the perfect vehicle for a deeply corrupt and compromised Beltway GOP that wants the Swag that Obama’s people are divvying up among their clients now. When Steve Bannon told a bunch of Palin people that it would take 10-15 years to change this culture and clean out the GOP, he was being generous, I think. But until then, the corruptocrats which dominate our Party will hold sway until they are purged.

Of Mitt Romney it can best be remarked of what Winston Churchill once said about dessert, “This pudding has no theme.” That’s what Palin knows better than any Mittbot. That’s why she’ll keep her distance from the man. He’s got the mark of the Inevitable Loser on him.

People don’t vote for businessmen. They vote for politicians.

Laugh at Palin all you want, Mittbots. She’s right about your guy. She always has been. He’s toxic. And he’ll lose.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

is only a matter of when will you decide to join the Team that will defeat Obama?

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Not necessarily.

katy the mean old lady on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Hey, what happened last election Rush, Levin, Palin, HA Posters, when the plan was ALREADY in place and the issue rarely came up?

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:33 AM

you neglect to mention, he was running against McCain.

so they opted to go for the more conservative of the two… right?

not at all inconsistent with now, now is it?

They support the more conservative choice, it’s not rocket science.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 7:41 AM

no, I did not fail to mention that…I said Palin was on the McCain ticket. :o)

See, this is where we Romney supporters and the rest of the country who has voted so far disagrees with you that the other candidates are more conservative as their votes do not belie this out. Romney IS conservative! This is why he is leading and will currently pick up more and more states and why MANY elected TP and moderates support him.

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Re: Willard -

“other than the complete arrogance of that,.. isn’t he supposed to be on OUR team? You know, red team America?

He’s supposed to win us over, win our vote..

Not snap his fingers for us like a trained dog.. that is where your side alienates. He and by extension, you Mitt voters on HA, act as if you are entitled to our support by divine right.

guess again, unless he is TRYING to suppress the turnout for him.”

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 7:49 AM

That’s what the elítist wing of the GOP believes.
Some of us however, have principles that we refuse to sacrifice upon the altar of expedience.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Laugh at Palin all you want, Mittbots.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Thanks for giving us your permission :-)

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

it is only a matter of when will you decide to join the Team that will defeat Obama?

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM

excuse me?

other than the complete arrogance of that,.. isn’t he supposed to be on OUR team? You know, red team America?

He’s supposed to win us over, win our vote..

Not snap his fingers for us like a trained dog.. that is where your side alienates. He and by extension, you Mitt voters on HA, act as if you are entitled to our support by divine right.

guess again, unless he is TRYING to suppress the turnout for him.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 7:49 AM

haha No arrogance intended…just it has been an obvious choice for many of us. We are talking about THE GUY who has the ACTUAL EXPERIENCE of turning around economies. the others simply do not. :o)

I am off for a little while if I do not respond back…the war thingy…

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Romney IS conservative! This is why he is leading and will currently pick up more and more states and why MANY elected TP and moderates support him.

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Oh?
Maybe to Leftists, but not we real conservatives who know better.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 29, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Of Mitt Romney it can best be remarked of what Winston Churchill once said about dessert, “This pudding has no theme.” That’s what Palin knows better than any Mittbot. That’s why she’ll keep her distance from the man. He’s got the mark of the Inevitable Loser on him.

People don’t vote for businessmen. They vote for politicians.

Laugh at Palin all you want, Mittbots. She’s right about your guy. She always has been. He’s toxic. And he’ll lose.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Exactly right. Excellent comment.

ddrintn on February 29, 2012 at 7:57 AM

No, it’s a whole boatload of hyperbole and BS, designed to ridicule Santorum and ALL his supporters. It has nothing to do with the failure of some bogus “sabotage” attempt you bots were preaching about all day. There was no “disaster.” Romney would have won anyway. You are trying to spin this into something that it isn’t, to prop up your WEAK candidate. He should have destroyed Santorum in his “home state,” and he barely beat him.
JannyMae on February 29, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Romney left Michigan 47 years ago. Among seniors – those who would have have been 18 or older when Mitt left and thus would have had a better understanding of him and his family – Romney destroyed Santorum.

The whole home state meme is a reflection of media bias against Romney. Rich Lowry said Romney would have no excuses if he lost his home state. We need better pundits. Romney’s home state is MA. He defeated Santorum in a big union/big evangelical state in an open primary where 10% of the voters were Democrats, who voted heavily for the candidate they believe Obama will destroy.

The Democrat get out the vote against Romney effort was not only a serious attempt to sabotage the election but one encouraged by Santorum. It speaks to his respect for the Republican Party that he would encourage Democrats to nullify the votes of Republicans.

Romney is making progress. The base has yet to be persuaded to go whole hog for him but he is the best candidate and will make the best President. He’s a problem solver. He’s what we need right now,

Basilsbest on February 29, 2012 at 7:57 AM

“‘It does seem that his campaign is having a tough time sort of garnering that — not just that support, but that energy that’s needed,’ former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, a favorite of the movement, said in an interview late Tuesday. ‘Whether Romney wins or loses in Michigan tonight, just the fact that he’s had such a fight in his home state is evidence of that blessing not yet being given to him across the board.’

Gosh, I wonder why Sarah. Could it having anything to do with you and, say, speeches you delivered in Iowa and at CPAC? With your insisting we should have a brokered convention, “rage against the machine”, (and leave the candidates broke themselves, but I digress)? It’s a total mystery!

And yes, I realize Romney is not a flawless candidate, but let’s just say you are not being helpful and the fact that you have a personal stake in the outcome cannot be overlooked.

Buy Danish on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

excuse me?

other than the complete arrogance of that,.. isn’t he supposed to be on OUR team? You know, red team America?

He’s supposed to win us over, win our vote..

Not snap his fingers for us like a trained dog.. that is where your side alienates. He and by extension, you Mitt voters on HA, act as if you are entitled to our support by divine right.

guess again, unless he is TRYING to suppress the turnout for him.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 7:49 AM

By the way, this just reinforces my point about Toxic Loser Mittens and how bad a politician he is. His online supporters actually reflect the worst of his campaigns. EVERYONE hates the Romney Campaign in the GOP because they always act like this to other campaigns.

In 1980, after Reagan hammered Bush, the first thing he did was to hold huge “Unity Dinners” for each defeated candidate. It would have Reagan as toastmaster and his former opponent, as well as big time GOP bundlers and fundraisers. These were $1000.00 a plate affairs.

The idea was to help retire the debt of the former opponent AND to get them on the Reagan Team for the fall. It worked like a charm. The piece d’ resistance was when the Treaty of Detroit fell apart, Reagan knew he could go to George Bush and get him as the VP nominee.

The Romney people are clueless about coalition and party building. They treat each opponent with risible contempt and slight regard. It’s all about Toxic Loser Mittens.

When I tell you that Mitt would lose to Hitler in a Campaign for Mayor of Haifa, I mean what I say.

The most ironic thing of all: the Bushies know this about Mitt. They know he will lose. They are counting on it.

This was always about Jeb in 2016. Mitt is simply too rich and arrogant to get that.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Romney IS conservative!

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

That’s what Trotsky said about Stalin.

steebo77 on February 29, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Romney IS conservative! This is why he is leading and will currently pick up more and more states and why MANY elected TP and moderates support him.

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Oh?
Maybe to Leftists, but not we real conservatives who know better.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 29, 2012 at 7:54 AM

yeah,

I had a faceplam moment there too….

By WHAT definition on what planet, in what Galaxy, is Romney a conservative. The best you can say, is he’s a centrist technocrat.. hardly one of us.. else he wouldn’t feel the need to run against us with snotty “hair on fire” remarks.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 8:05 AM

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:54 AM

active duty?

Me, cold war, 1980-82, USAF. medical discharge, had my hearing damaged.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Rmoney folks could use lessons in sportsmanship. You don’t have to take my word for it, just read through a few pages of the open thread. Why Rmoney and supporters seem willing to alienate part of the larger family is telling. Here is my attempt at good sportsmanship. It doesn’t hurt because you are not my enemy, not even an adversary, just part of the family.

Congratulations for the two wins last night!

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM

That’s not what a bunch of folks here are saying!!!
They’re saying things like, “I’ll never vote for that liberal RINO Romney,” etc.

I read these types of comments all the time too, and used to get more than a little frustrated with this type of thinking. Now (for the most part), I’m wondering how many honest commenters really feel that way. I tend to think there could be alot of Obama campaign blog infiltration going on here.

lynncgb on February 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

What I think you underestimate, is the level of discontent voters have with Obama, if we even select a “yard gnome” as our presidential nominee, all of us conservatives would support that. This president is radical and so far left, that electability has become a greater issue than how conservative they are. We must stand together behind the nominee, no matter who that will be.

D.Mockracy on February 29, 2012 at 8:08 AM

no, I did not fail to mention that…I said Palin was on the McCain ticket. :o)

See, this is where we Romney supporters and the rest of the country who has voted so far disagrees with you that the other candidates are more conservative as their votes do not belie this out. Romney IS conservative! This is why he is leading and will currently pick up more and more states and why MANY elected TP and moderates support him.

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

That’s because McVain had already won the nomination by then. And we hadn’t gotten into the crisis mode. Most any other time, even Bozo the Clown could be POTUS with ill effect, so there wasn’t any harm in voting for the party. Even then look at how many still sat on their hands WRT McVain. I almost didn’t vote and it was only when Sarah joined the ticket that I decided to hold my nose and vote, hoping McVain wouldn’t last long in office. If Mcvain had for instance put Joe Liberman on the ticket or Grahmnesty, you can take it to the bank that the blowout was even greater.

Put it this way, if Mittness wins the nomination, a certain % will not vote for him. Look at his win in AZ, at best with the recount, he got 50%. In the other half that didn’t vote for him, I’d wager that at least 20% have no intention of voting for Mitt.

If he brings in another RINO as VP, more GOP voters will withhold their support. If he gets a conservative, ie Scott Walker, he could bring back more into his fold. But I think for a good many, their default position will be a no vote for Mittness, with the VP selection being the decider.

AH_C on February 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Congratulations for the two wins last night!

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Let me clarify before some get all twisted out of shape. Some Rmoney supporters. : )

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Gosh, I wonder why Sarah. Could it having anything to do with you and, say, speeches you delivered in Iowa and at CPAC? With your insisting we should have a brokered convention, “rage against the machine”, (and leave the candidates broke themselves, but I digress)? It’s a total mystery!

And yes, I realize Romney is not a flawless candidate, but let’s just say you are not being helpful and the fact that you have a personal stake in the outcome cannot be overlooked.

Buy Danish on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Excuse the f**k out of me?

Your blaming someone who is NOT in the race for your Toxic Clown’s inability to close the deal against RICK SANTORUM?!!!!

Rick Santorum lost by 20 points to Casey’s boy, a man with less intelligence than a stack of drywall, and Mitt is having trouble putting him away.

At some point, you are going to have to recognize the shortcomings in your guy, the awful campaign he has run, the ambitious little weasels around him who occupy their days ordering office furniture for their West Wing Office Space that they’ll never have, and most of all, the fact that he was run out of Massachussetts on a rail by an electorate that couldn’t WAIT to vote in Deval Patrick.

I don’t expect you to do this because you despise Palin so much, but your candidate IS NOT a politician and is not good at this game. No amount of sewer money can hide that fact. Watching Romney give an economic speech to a bored audience at an empty stadium is like watching Plan 9 From Outer Space. One realizes after watching Ed Wood’s masterpiece that he would have been a better advance guy than ANYONE on the Romney team.

Jesus. You’re whining about Palin because your guy can’t close the deal against the Catholic Elmer Gantry after spending a gazillion dollars. You should be ashamed of yourself.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Me, cold war, 1980-82, USAF. medical discharge, had my hearing damaged.
mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM

With the utmost sincerity…thank you for serving.

lynncgb on February 29, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Me, cold war, 1980-82, USAF. medical discharge, had my hearing damaged.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM

USAF ’84-88. Stateside duty. I am very glad and appreciative that I never had to see combat as g2825m and you(?) have.

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The Romney people are clueless about coalition and party building. They treat each opponent with risible contempt and slight regard. It’s all about Toxic Loser Mittens.

When I tell you that Mitt would lose to Hitler in a Campaign for Mayor of Haifa, I mean what I say.

The most ironic thing of all: the Bushies know this about Mitt. They know he will lose. They are counting on it.

This was always about Jeb in 2016. Mitt is simply too rich and arrogant to get that.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

And yet Mitt still wins..Go figure.

rich801 on February 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Buy Danish on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Good morning. Just wanted to mention something to you in passing. The list of haters I have. Just so you know of 9 members 3 have been banned 2 have been removed through further communication with them. Just thought you might like to know. Bye.

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM

What I think you underestimate, is the level of discontent voters have with Obama, if we even select a “yard gnome” as our presidential nominee, all of us conservatives would support that. This president is radical and so far left, that electability has become a greater issue than how conservative they are. We must stand together behind the nominee, no matter who that will be.

D.Mockracy on February 29, 2012 at 8:08 AM

That would be nice if I didn’t know that Helicopter Ben was juicing the economy with fiat to help out the Bankster’s Poodle in the White House.

Where do you think this faux recovery is coming from?

If enough people “feel” that the economy is moving in the right direction, they will vote for Chicago Jesus. Toxic Mittens and his campaign don’t get this. Plus, he’ll go through the campaign and apologize for being wealthy.

Then there’s the dadgum dog on the roof. This is going to be painful to watch.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM

USAF ’84-88. Stateside duty. I am very glad and appreciative that I never had to see combat as g2825m and you(?) have.

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Well, my heartfelt gratitude to you also!

lynncgb on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM

An enemies list. How original :-)

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

lynncgb on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Thank you. My part was not the sacrifice those today are making. We all honor them.

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 8:20 AM

An enemies list. How original :-)

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Who said enemies? You?

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Romney has closed the deal. Barring a major stumble, he will be the nominee. There are just many conservatives who cannot accept that because they don’t trust him to govern as a conservative.

Let’s face it. He probably won’t. But once we have reached the general election that will be completely beside the point. Romney will govern as a centrist-technocrat, but Obama will continue to govern as a hard left socialist America hater. Romney will sign popular conservative legislation that comes to him from Congress. Obama will veto it.

Unfortunately, there are a significant number of unprincipled, so-called “conservatives” who are so full of themselves and the way they feeeeeel that they won’t vote to actually protect our country and the principles it was founded on from the likes of Obama.

fadetogray on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

it is only a matter of when will you decide to join the Team that will defeat Obama?

g2825m on February 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM

You know I have much respect for you and the service you give to our country, but this comment sounds dangerously close to bluegill’s “you will vote for Romney and you will like it”.

If Romney becomes the nominee he’ll get my vote, nothing more. And not for the satisfaction of seeing him win, but rather the satisfaction of seeing Obama lose.

I’ll not be joining his “team” or the RNC’s. What little GOTV effort and monetary support I am capable of doing will be for the local, Senate and House races in my state.

And while my phone calls and $200 per month may be considered a pittance to some, multiplied by the hundreds of thousands, possibly more, who will do the same thing it will add up.

As always, stay safe. Especially with the extra threats you are now experiencing.

Flora Duh on February 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Romney is no conservative! To you Romney followers who think and and believe as the establishment that only Romney can beat Obama you have another thing coming. Romney is no conservative only a liberal trying to disguise himself as a conservative. He ran as a liberal in Mass. and he govern as a liberal. And the most important thing that you Romney supporters forget is the Supreme Court. He’ll put liberal judges on the Supreme court and then if you are really true conservatives, what will you say then? I should have voted for a true conservative. What will you say then when liberals take over the Supreme Court? I can understand when a fiscal conservative goes against a social conservative and vice versa but what I can’t understand is when a conservative goes for a liberal over a conservative. You Romney supporters need to look at the whole picture and not just who can beat Obama.

spanishboy on February 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Romney is no conservative! To you Romney followers who think and and believe as the establishment that only Romney can beat Obama you have another thing coming. Romney is no conservative only a liberal trying to disguise himself as a conservative. He ran as a liberal in Mass. and he govern as a liberal. And the most important thing that you Romney supporters forget is the Supreme Court. He’ll put liberal judges on the Supreme court and then if you are really true conservatives, what will you say then? I should have voted for a true conservative. What will you say then when liberals take over the Supreme Court? I can understand when a fiscal conservative goes against a social conservative and vice versa but what I can’t understand is when a conservative goes for a liberal over a conservative. You Romney supporters need to look at the whole picture and not just who can beat Obama. spanishboy on February 29, 2012 at 8:35
AM

Don’t let 4 balanced budgets, 800 vetoes or Robert Bork get in the way of your rant, boy.

Basilsbest on February 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Unfortunately, there are a significant number of unprincipled, so-called “conservatives” who are so full of themselves and the way they feeeeeel that they won’t vote to actually protect our country and the principles it was founded on from the likes of Obama.

fadetogray on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

More like significant number that won’t accept anything less than a 180 on the fiscal policies that brought us to this mess over the past 2 decades. Others like you prefer to play it safe and go for the one that will tinker and fix the holes.

Obambi is killing us at a $1 tril/year borrowing pace, Mittens will still kill us at a $.25 tril/year pace, as entitlements and intrest on debt continues to spiral.

The hard cuts need to be done now and with Mittness in the WH, we’ll have the trifecta of the Three Eunuchs – Mitt, John & Mitch. Can you say balls of putty?

Yep, I can see morning in America from here. /s

More like stalling the sunsetting of America long enough for the Donks to get back in control.

AH_C on February 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Interesting technique you employ. Twist the words of a commenter, wait until they announce they are off thread and then snark. Let me make this clear so as not to have a misunderstanding. Prove me wrong don’t respond to this comment. Think you can do that? You see I am walking out the door and will be offline for 10 or so hours.

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:52 AM

When I tell you that Mitt would lose to Hitler in a Campaign for Mayor of Haifa, I mean what I say.
The most ironic thing of all: the Bushies know this about Mitt. They know he will lose. They are counting on it.
This was always about Jeb in 2016. Mitt is simply too rich and arrogant to get that.
victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

LOL … Thanks for that Haifa chuckle.
Re: NoNutz Jeb, you are spot-on. The establishment is just “setting the table”.

And this gem:

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Dämn, dude, yer on a roll. Good job!
Rolling over is for nancyboyz like Barry Soetero.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Romney has closed the deal. Barring a major stumble, he will be the nominee.

fadetogray on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Not so fast. I don’t think last night was as big a win for Romney as some people think.
He was always going to win big in Arizona.
And he was supposed to win big in Michigan too. The graph shows that it was Romney 33.3, Santorum 14.0 on Feb.12. And final results was Romney 41.1, Santorum 37.9.
And Santorum is still leading national polling.

The point is, even with Romney’s two wins, Santorum still has the momentum.

imasoulman on February 29, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Romney has closed the deal. Barring a major stumble, he will be the nominee.

fadetogray on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Not so fast. I don’t think last night was as big a win for Romney as some people think.
He was always going to win big in Arizona.
And he was supposed to win big in Michigan too. The graph shows that it was Romney 33.3, Santorum 14.0 on Feb.12. And final results was Romney 41.1, Santorum 37.9.
And Santorum is still leading national polling.

The point is, even with Romney’s two wins, Santorum still has the momentum.

imasoulman on February 29, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Don’t let 4 balanced budgets…

Basilsbest on February 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Aren’t balanced budgets required by Massachusetts law?

Section 6E. The governor shall recommend, the general court shall enact, and the governor shall approve a general appropriation bill which shall constitute a balanced budget for the commonwealth. No supplementary appropriation bill shall be approved by the governor which would cause the state budget for any fiscal year not to be balanced.

So, can’t every governor of Massachusetts elected while this law was in place claim this?

And, we all have a personal stake in the outcome of this election.

Fallon on February 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Had to leave for a bit, kids off to school, those who didn’t have the flu.. I’m still green too, but you do what you have too,.. Started my family late, two kids under 13, three nices and pephew staying with us.

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM

No combat MJ,.. a training accident. Artillery simulater while at Camp Bullis Texas, SP ABGD training, instructer lost track of me, and tossed one into the bush and it landed on me. By the second I heard the whistle, realized aw crappp., and tried to scramble back, it went off a couple of feet in front of me. About a quarter stick of dynamite’s worth of a blast, just a couple of shrapnel nicks on my face, but my left ear took the concussion full on. It was nuthin, a joke of an accident,.. but I had s profound hearing loss in that ear.

Regular duty was as an SP at FE Warren AFB.. Frankie’s Rocket Ranch.

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I’ve been reading too much Hot Air.

For once, I listened to Romney’s victory speech, instead. Plastic, you* say. Can’t excite the base, you* say. This is the first time since Reagan that I’ve heard a major Republican for President make a credible claim to cut the size of government. Cut the size of government. Cut the size of government. Not slow down its growth, not stop its growth, but cut it back.

Reagan tried, but couldn’t do it. Bush Sr. didn’t try very hard. Clinton gave it lip service only, and that was because Gingrich as Speaker of the house had a hand on the purse strings, but for all his threats, Gingrich didn’t follow through. Bush Jr. didn’t try at all. McCain didn’t promise anything of the sort. Palin–how much power does the VP have? Obama…promised to be all things to all people, and now offers more taxes and more regulation. The cynical will tell you there’s no such thing as an honest politican.

But for Romney to promise to actually cut back the government is an incredibly bold or incredibly foolish promise to make: Federal growth has been a fact of life since Washington’s first term. But the growth under Obama is a malignant cancer, and it must be cut back. I don’t believe Romney is either a fool or a liar. Any Congressman can run for office claiming on that platform, but realistically, one or a handful of votes out of 535 isn’t that much.

Won’t confront Obama, you* say. No, Romney didn’t call him any insulting meaningless names like “socialist”, or make any juvenile, silly plays on his name, but he did question his competence, courage, and integrity, and asked what the people thought he would do if unrestrained by having to run for office again. Just how much red meat do you want? He threw down the gauntlet to the whole censored liberal establishment!…and almost none of you even noticed or believed a word he said!!! Boilerplate my Ampersand!!!

For the first time in a generation, I have hope for this country. The real thing. All I ever saw in Obama’s hope’n’change was a finger of the claw of Mordor.

You* call people trolls for over-the-top cheering? I’ll give you over-the-top cheering.
ROMNEY, ROMNEY, HE’S OUR MAN. IF HE CAN’T DO IT, NO ONE CAN!
HE’S GOT THE WILL. HE’S GOT THE SKILL. ROMNEY!!!

*Well, not all of you. And I’m done with the !!!111!!11!!. Back to being sober and rational.

Confutus on February 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Why don’t we have more confidence that Mitt can beat the Won in the general? Cuz he’s the guy who lost to the guy the last time. No one in the R establishment believes that Zero can be beat, that’s why they didn’t get in the race this time. We all think he can be beat and want the best candidate to rise to the top. Sarah has said this all along. Mitt’s got a lot of money behind him. All those people will want to be paid back if he gets elected. Expect your taxes to go up on everything.

Kissmygrits on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Why don’t we have more confidence that Mitt can beat the Won in the general? Cuz he’s the guy who lost to the guy the last time.

Kissmygrits on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

According to recently released emails by WikiLeaks, there’s a very good possibility that Obama didn’t really win. But McCain didn’t contest it because he didn’t want a repeat of 2000 and was afraid of violence from Obama’s supporters.

Flora Duh on February 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Confutus on February 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Everyone’s view is valid. It’s good to see that you are ready for November.

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Ever hear of a guy called Abraham Lincoln? Look up his electoral record. Now there was a loser.

Confutus on February 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Confutus on February 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Romney also gave an excellent speech the night he won NH. I find that he does his best in that setting – his personality certainly needs a lot of work when it comes to relating to people on a more personal level. Maybe his wife will let him borrow her personality, which would be a great move on her part lol. I saw all of the other candidates’ speeches that night in NH, and Romney was the only one who sounded presidential – no one else was close. “sounding presidential” is not something you can fake – the way I see it, it happened because Romney was speaking from his heart, which is where he truly is a Conservative. I think a lot of people on the Right miss that while they’re busy criticizing him on a more superficial level.

If you define “Conservative” as “small-government mentality”, as I do, I cannot take it seriously when people on the Right say that Mitt is less of a Conservative than either Santorum or Gingrich – they’ve changed plenty of the their positions over the years like Mitt has, but whereas from my POV Mitt’s switches have tended to bring him further to the Right, it seems to me that Santorum’s and Newt’s switches have tended to be the non-ideological kind done for political expediency we expect from chameleons who want to win above all else. So yeah, I do actually believe that Mitt is more principled at his core than either of them are.

I went into this election cycle with the same concern about Romney’s toughness that a lot of other Righties did – he turned a corner in my mind that way when I saw him answer a question about standing up to China in an early debate, which he convincingly said he would do w/o being heavy-handed about it, a question Huntsman flunked miserably by saying he would act like a dog and roll over for them. What a pathetic sight that was!

Bizarro No. 1 on February 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Bmore
Are you the trolling for trolls again?
You are all right, glad someone helps take out the trash!

angrymike on February 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

According to recently released emails by WikiLeaks, there’s a very good possibility that Obama didn’t really win. But McCain didn’t contest it because he didn’t want a repeat of 2000 and was afraid of violence from Obama’s supporters.

Flora Duh on February 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Too bad McCain didn’t care to win – in fact, I believe he preferred to lose. He would have soooooo many steps up from 0bamessiah the number of them couldn’t be quantified!

If you remember, Nixon wimped out against Kennedy for the same stupid reason, as though letting a presidential candidate steal an election is better for the country than legitimately speaking out about any fraud which might have been involved in the win.

Bizarro No. 1 on February 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Oops, I meant to make clear that McCain and Nixon both thought contesting the elections would have been bad for the country, not that Nixon was afraid of violence if he had challenged the result.

Bizarro No. 1 on February 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Calm down, Vicky. Here’s a factoid for you: Palin has offered her services as the miracle candidate to be chosen in back room deals should we get to the brokered convention she’s promoting. She is not an objective bystander, she has a vested interest in the outcome of the nomination process. It is to her advantage to make this drag on as long as possible in the (albeit unlikely) event no candidate has a majority of delegates. I object to her coy, opportunistic, game playing. You don’t like it? Tant pis.

Buy Danish on February 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Romney says he has a plan to cut back taxes. That has to involve cutting the size of government. Whether it will work, I don’t know, but I’m fairly sure he’s run the numbers, or seen them run by his advisors, and thinks he can make it work on paper. Of course it would be wise to check. The reality will be different. He also says he’s laying it on the table for people to chew over.

Cutting taxes without also cutting government is unsustainable in the long run. Bush Jr. did the politically easy things, he pretended he could cut taxes without needing to cut spending and ran up huge deficits, which is why he stank, to me. But the whole federal government..all of it…is going to scream bloody murder and worse at the prospect of real cuts. I think Romney has the bacbone for it, but he will need all the allies he can get.

Confutus on February 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

You Romney supporters need to look at the whole picture and not just who can beat Obama.

This is why I worry about November. Politics is about what’s possible, not what’s ideal.

You’re very mistaken. The big picture is precisely about defeating Obama. In politics Rule #1 is first you have to get elected.

Fine, Romney’s not an ideologically pure conservative. Does anyone think that if he gets the nomination the Democrats and the MSM won’t paint him as a firebreathing radical conservative? Does anyone think that a Romney administration with a Republican Congress wouldn’t govern more conservatively than Obama and the Dems?

rokemronnie on February 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Buy Danish on February 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Your disdain for her is just so odd.

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Your disdain for her is just so odd.
Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

As I have said many times, when she is attacking Obama she is superb. When she attacks our own candidates she is a nightmare. There is nothing “odd” whatsoever about that. I’m just amazed so many of her fans don’t get what she’s doing – particularly in light of recent events vis a vis her cheerleading a brokered convention and offering herself up as a candidate, as well as past events where she disingenuously claims we can’t engage in “friendly fire”.

When the day comes when she stops inserting herself into the process and gets on board with whomever our nominee is as we work to def Obama, I’ll welcome her support. Until then I have nothing but disdain for her self-serving games…

Buy Danish on February 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

“Mitt Romney is a terrible retail candidate who is going to lose to a mediocre President who happens to be a really, really good retail candidate.” My fear exactly. And how stupid does that make the American electorate – that they would fall not once, but twice, for the hype and hot air that is Obama? I’m not saying I think Romney is a great alternative, I don’t – but a cast iron skillet would make a better president than Obama who, aside from being inept, is dangerously arrogant and if cut loose from the need to be re-elected, the harm he will do to this country may well be irreparable. So, if we run a cast iron skillet, or a Robo-Republican like Romney, he’ll get my vote. But Romney won’t win if he continues to campaign the way he’s been campaigning. (The more I see of him, the less I like.) Sorry for the rambling. It’s the impending sense of doom that’s got me muddled.

natasha333 on February 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Yikes! def=defeat.

Buy Danish on February 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

What’s bad about theGOP? Mostly that it is so out of touch with anyone other than ‘idealogue believers in the GOP’ that it is loving itself to death. I really prefer a candidate who says, ‘this I believe, and will definitely do’; ‘this I’m not convinced one way or the other, and will make a decision as President based on the majority vote’, and so on.

dahni on February 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM

“Turn on the Tears” Boehner = loss of House;

“Milquetoast” McConnell = no takeover of the Senate;

Willard MittWitt = loss to BHO.

What a team going into November!

kingsmill on February 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Laugh at Palin all you want, Mittbots. She’s right about your guy. She always has been. He’s toxic. And he’ll lose.

victor82 on February 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

A valid comment. One teensy, weensy problem. Everyone else running is more toxic. Bipolar Newt. Homophobe Rick. Racist conspiracy theorist isolationist Ron. I’ll vote for the Republican nominee-whoever he or she is. But it’s going to be a very difficult battle defeating Obama with his single, but critical, skill-campaigning, particularly when backed by the full force of 99% of the American and world media.

Why are better candidates (including Palin) sitting this one out? They are well aware of the near impossibility of defeating Obama. At least Romney had the guts to throw his hat in the ring.

Hopefully after the convention, everyone that realizes the critical importance of defeating Obama will set aside their hurt feelings and their own personal agenda and support the Republican nominee.
As Mitt said in his speech-Think of what Obama could do with another 4 years, unfettered by a need to seek re-election. Think of the executive orders. Think of the agencies he will create. Think of the czars he will appoint. Think of his Justice department. Think of the regulations. Think of the spending. Think of his Supreme Court nominees. Imagine another 4 years with no budget.

Look at what Obama has done so far-record deficits, a totally incoherent and unworkable energy policy, defeat in the middle east (Afghanistan), loss of personal and religious liberty, record unemployment, gas at $5 a gallon in some places. If Obama is reelected and continues his current spending and policies, by 2015, our economy will be completely destroyed-not just Medicare and Social Security, everything.

Please give our children a chance. Please vote Republican against Obama-whoever the nominee is. Obama can be defeated, but it will be very difficult and it will certainly require compromise.

talkingpoints on February 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

mark81150 on February 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Thanks for the update. Training for combat is serious and hazardous duty. I honor your service and thank you.

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Bmore on February 29, 2012 at 8:52 AM

In the future I will try to plan my day around your posting schedule.

/s

MJBrutus on February 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

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