Coburn endorses Romney

posted at 1:00 pm on March 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When it rains, it pours.  Eric Cantor endorsed Mitt Romney ahead of the Virginia primary on Super Tuesday, a primary that Romney already leads by 43 points in the latest Marist poll.  In Oklahoma, Romney has run about 20 points back of Rick Santorum in polling that’s two weeks old or older, but Romney scored a big endorsement from fiscal conservative Sen. Tom Coburn:

In life, and especially politics, our choices are seldom perfect and often difficult. But it is critically important to make a choice and support the person who is best equipped to solve the urgent problems before us. In my view, that person is Mitt Romney.

From my experience, Washington tends to be divided between two groups — leaders and career politicians. Leaders tend to have a wealth of real-world experience outside of politics and are in office to give rather than take something from their position. Career politicians, on the other hand, mean well but are ill-equipped to solve problems. Their greatest skill is getting re-elected.

I’m proud to support Romney because he is a leader. What Romney has done in his 25 years in the private sector is precisely what we need a president to do in Washington. Romney has done hard things. He has turned businesses around, told people hard truths about what needed to be done, inspired confidence and overcome excuses. Romney is not a career politician or a career legislator. As a former governor and business leader, he is an executive who knows how to use executive power.

My endorsement is in no way an instruction on how Oklahomans should vote. Yet having served with the other candidates, I do know something about the field. Each candidate has admirable qualities. However, on too many occasions I have seen each behave like career politicians rather than leaders. The most important test for anyone in public life is what they do with power. Too often, the other candidates displayed political expediency rather than moral courage and rationalized poor decisions that put Republicans ahead of the republic.

The last survey taken in Oklahoma put Santorum up by 25 points (Rasmussen), but that was taken before the last debate, and before Romney won two primaries (Arizona and Michigan) and two caucuses (Wyoming and Washington).  Getting Coburn’s backing might get attention from Sooner voters, even if Coburn says it’s not an “instruction” on how they should vote on Tuesday.  Having that kind of boost two days before the primary has to help Romney, if only to get closer to Santorum and a better delegate split in the proportional primary on Tuesday.

Recall, though, that the other Senator from Oklahoma has refrained from endorsing but has spoken highly of Santorum.  I interviewed Senator James Inhofe just before CPAC almost four weeks ago, and he emphasized that only Santorum met all four of his priorities for this election:

Endorsements may not move the needle far enough for Romney to make up twenty points, but that depends on whether he was still that far back by this weekend. It may improve his delegate haul, and it at least makes Oklahoma a little more interesting than it was before now.


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Well, at least I know we’ll have a Democrat in the oval office, regardless of who wins.

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

So what!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Or you could vote 3rd Party and end up with who knows what

The Nerve on March 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

rob verdi on March 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

amen

cmsinaz on March 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Would Romney be as tough on Obama as he and his allies have been on primary contenders without backing down? If the answer was yes it would put a lot of doubt to rest.

rob verdi on March 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Coburn has long been one of my favorite and most trusted senators. This is a big pick up for Romney. I am now interested to see what happens there on Tuesday.

brilrodion on March 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Romney is the only one with an actual campaign.

The rest are just pretending and can’t believe themselves how long they’ve lasted.

I mean seriously, what professional pol would strap their brand on one of those amateur hour campaigns?

freshface on March 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I’m not surprised.

Coburn has been the best republican legislator in Washington of the last two decades. Okay, that isn’t a great achievement considering the competition, but he’s really good.

Inb4 the crazy start calling Coburn a RINO because he endorsed the lesser evil in a bad field and doesn’t demonize his opponents personally a la AM radio talk-show host.

joana on March 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Coburn endorses Romney

I’m shocked I tell you, shocked/

Dr Evil on March 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Republicans for Romney. Doesn’t surprise me. Conservatives had better hope he’s not the reincarnation of Herbert Hoover, because from his actions as governor and his recent statements, he understands nothing of free enterprise or the real causes of this country’s present economic difficulties.

rickv404 on March 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Well, at least I know we’ll have a Democrat in the oval office, regardless of who wins.

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

A progressive you mean. I would not mind so much if Romney was listed as a (D). The problem I have with him is that he will discredit conservatism by taking down the value of the (R) brand. As a democrat, Romney is a superior pick than Obama. As a Republican, Obama becomes a superior pick for the long term viability of the nation.

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Coburn has been leaning RINO in the last year. He’s liking himself in “gangs of”.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Every thing would change on a dime if Santorum dropped out.

Dr Evil on March 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Well, at least I know we’ll have a Democrat in the oval office, regardless of who wins.

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

But his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg when she goes toes up will likely be Janice Rogers Brown – the Dems worst nightmare – a conservative black woman judge. Bush43 put her on the DC Circuit just for this opportunity.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

My problem with Romney is that when he appears to be talking tough, I hear tough words but his tone sounds stilted and phony as he says the words as if his heart’s not really in it and so I have a hard time believing that it’s real toughness or that it’s part of his true essence and I doubt that we’ll see much, if any, of it should he go up against Osham-a-rama.

stukinIL4now on March 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

My problem with Romney is that when he appears to be talking tough, I hear tough words but his tone sounds stilted and phony as he says the words as if his heart’s not really in it and so I have a hard time believing that it’s real toughness or that it’s part of his true essence and I doubt that we’ll see much, if any, of it should he go up against Osham-a-rama.

stukinIL4now on March 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Exactly. Romney talks like a conservative but there isn’t any substance to back it up.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Santorum isn’t a bad guy, he just wouldn’t make the best Presidential candidate. Maybe he should run for governor of PA and see how he does in an executive position at the state level. I’d fully support his candidacy in that role.

crosspatch on March 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Every thing would change on a dime if Santorum dropped out.

Dr Evil on March 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

If only Rick, Newt and Paul would drop out we could… Oh never mind.

rich801 on March 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

A progressive you mean. I would not mind so much if Romney was listed as a (D). The problem I have with him is that he will discredit conservatism by taking down the value of the (R) brand. As a democrat, Romney is a superior pick than Obama. As a Republican, Obama becomes a superior pick for the long term viability of the nation.

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

But his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg when she goes toes up will likely be Janice Rogers Brown – the Dems worst nightmare – a conservative black woman judge. Bush43 put her on the DC Circuit just for this opportunity.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Dudes. There is such a thing as reverse concern-trolling and you guys just bought it hook, line, and sinker.

fiatboomer on March 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

wildcat72, I believe the reason Romney sounds a little stilted is that he is something of a business nerd. He’s sort of like a “spock” that uses logic and not so much emotion in order to be persuasive. When he attempts to sound more emotional, it makes it sound like he is attempting to be more emotional.

Some people want to hear the fire and brimstone like Newt can bring or the catchy phrases or whatever. I believe Romney simply lays out a logical argument and expects that to be weighed on its merits and not by the emotional appeal.

We have become really dumbed down by sound bites and witty little one-liners but Romney is not a career politician. But what he needs to do is follow the Reagan example and broaden the context of his words to appeal to ALL Americans.

crosspatch on March 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

But his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg when she goes toes up will likely be Janice Rogers Brown – the Dems worst nightmare – a conservative black woman judge. Bush43 put her on the DC Circuit just for this opportunity.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Why would he pick her? Look to Romney’s past, not his current politically expedient turn towards conservatism writ large by Wikipedia. Who did he nominate in Massachusetts? Progressives? Even the (R)s he nominated were controversially progressive judges? He did not even do any of the footwork of picking those progressives, he sloughed if off onto a committee to pick his judicial nominations, and instructed them to do it non politically. Then you have the rest of his administration, stock full of mega greens, Malthusians, Peak Oil, Peak coal, anti nuclear power, anti business loons that the left adores and conservative abhor! Then you expect us to believe that Romney will be picking some constitutional loving America patriot to be a judge? LOL what a sycophantic loser!

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Isn’t this the guy who says Pelosi is a nice person?

Night Owl on March 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Dudes. There is such a thing as reverse concern-trolling and you guys just bought it hook, line, and sinker.

fiatboomer on March 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Sorry retard, I can call you a retard since you tend to want to call me a troll right? I have done my personal research on Romney, nothing I wrote required what the original poster wrote in order for me to write. Romney is a progressive, he may label himself as a Republican, but we all know politicians are never held to honesty in advertising requirements.

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

What is even more revealing is who a career politician like Coburn endorses. Of course, Congress is not going to endorse someone who would clean house. It is obvious the Republican Party does not represent conservatives, but just wants their votes. I would also classify Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham as moderates posing as conservatives in this category. Between the welfare state and education system in this country, we don’t have a chance.

lea on March 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Still not as important as the Ted Nugent endorsement…

phreshone on March 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Romney is a progressive, he may label himself as a Republican, but we all know politicians are never held to honesty in advertising requirements.

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Need an example? Look on the golf course, or who’s going on vacations, out of the White House right now.

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Well, at least I know we’ll have a Democrat in the oval office, regardless of who wins.

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I would say that’s funny, but it’s sadly true. PlaceboCare will remain in place, the Occupiers will be coddled, and we will be boned.

Steve Eggleston on March 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Still not as important as the Ted Nugent endorsement…

phreshone on March 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I was thinking he would endorse Newt, but he would have done it months ago. Kid Rock and Ted Nugent in one week…I’m sort of shocked!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

If these guys are so hot for Obama why don’t they skip the middle man and endorse him straight up?

Southernblogger on March 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

A very well-reasoned, well-written endorsement.

Buy Danish on March 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

he understands nothing of free enterprise or the real causes of this country’s present economic difficulties.

rickv404 on March 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

That’s a joke ..right?? Good grief.

bluealice on March 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Sad, sad day for conservatism. It’s the Goldwater landslide loss all over again.

lea on March 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Sad, sad day for conservatism. It’s the Goldwater Mondale landslide loss all over again.

lea on March 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Southernblogger on March 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

1) Because, unlike MA, he will have the entire federal bench to choose from (he could go to a state supeme court judge, but I doubt it). So the pool, unlike MA, will include many more conservatives.

2) Because he can reassure the conservative base he needs to GOTV (and not primary him) in 2016, and judicial appointments are one area conservatives care more about than RINOs. The Senate RINOs would likely vote for anyone Romney nominated.

3) Because it would annoy the Dems to no end that the first black woman on SCOTUS was a conservative. It’s turning Dem identity politics inside out.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

3) Because it would annoy the Dems to no end that the first black woman on SCOTUS was a conservative. It’s turning Dem identity politics inside out.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Oh they would find something on a Coke bottle, or somethin’… somethin’

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Have you heard of Robert Bork?? He is Romney’s judicial advisor. Carry on.

bluealice on March 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Oh they would find something on a Coke bottle, or somethin’… somethin’

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM

True. Oddly enough, it was Arlen Specter who demolished the crazy lying stalker Hill with the inconsistencies in her story.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I wanted Romney in 2008 instead of McCain. I’m happy with Romney this time. The debt has been driving me nuts for 20 years and he’s the guy to deal with it. And he’s not just an experienced executive, but a strong one. It’s going to be a close election, but Romney can and will beat Obama.

Paul-Cincy on March 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Coburn has been leaning RINO in the last year. He’s liking himself in “gangs of”.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

That didn’t take long. Coburn a RINO..LOL

bluealice on March 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

But his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg when she goes toes up will likely be Janice Rogers Brown – the Dems worst nightmare – a conservative black woman judge. Bush43 put her on the DC Circuit just for this opportunity.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Yeah, Bizzaro Romney, the lifelong principled conservative, might pick her on Htrae. On Planet Earth, where we live and breathe, we’ll be lucky to get someone just a little to the left of Souter.

ebrown2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Have you heard of Robert Bork?? He is Romney’s judicial advisor. Carry on.

bluealice on March 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Rick Santorum in judicial robes, no thanks!

Not that Romney will pay him a lick of attention in the crunch, anyway…

ebrown2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Yeah, Bizzaro Romney, the lifelong principled conservative, might pick her on Htrae. On Planet Earth, where we live and breathe, we’ll be lucky to get someone just a little to the left of Souter.

ebrown2 on March 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Conservatives managed to get Bush43 to back off Miers, so it is possible. Romney is at least intelligent enough to not want too many fights with his base in a first term. Unlike Bush43, I don’t think he has any old MA buddies he wants on SCOTUS like Bush43 wanted TX buddies Miers and Gonzalez on it.

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Dudes. There is such a thing as reverse concern-trolling and you guys just bought it hook, line, and sinker.

fiatboomer on March 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Well, yeah,…. but, you still learn stuff. That part about Janice Rogers Brown, f’instance.

a capella on March 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Have you heard of Robert Bork? He is Romney’s judicial advisor.

Yes, but he’s not a real conservative.

/ducks

Emperor Norton on March 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Being such good buddies with Obama, I’m curious why he didn’t endorse the Pres?

katy on March 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Coburn has been leaning RINO in the last year. He’s liking himself in “gangs of”.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Hahahaha, it never fails.

Coburn was just considered the most conservative senator in the NJ rankings and has a 98.31 ACU life score (and scored 100.00 in the last 2 years). A consistent and active voice in defense of conservatism, including in his role as a Senator.

Verdict from the crazy: RINO.

joana on March 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Janice Rogers Brown will be 64 next year. Sorry, too old for SCOTUS.

Emperor Norton on March 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

COBURN AND CANTOR AND COULTER AND ISSA AND BOLTON AND NUGENT AND ODONNELL AND MDONNELL AND THUNE ARE ALL WRONG.

AND ED MORRISSEY IS RIGHT.

YEAH, SURE.

reliapundit on March 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The most important test for anyone in public life is what they do with power. Too often, the other candidates displayed political expediency rather than moral courage and rationalized poor decisions that put Republicans ahead of the republic.

WTF? Coburn just described his endorsement of Romney!

Coburn displayed political expediency rather than moral courage and rationalized poor decisions that put Republicans ahead of the republic.

See how easy that is?

fight like a girl on March 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Inhofe will land in the wrong runway again.

galtani on March 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Well, at least I know we’ll have a Democrat in the oval office, regardless of who wins.

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

A progressive you mean. I would not mind so much if Romney was listed as a (D). The problem I have with him is that he will discredit conservatism by taking down the value of the (R) brand. As a democrat, Romney is a superior pick than Obama. As a Republican, Obama becomes a superior pick for the long term viability of the nation.

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

yep … that is my worry to …. we get the guy who could not beat mclame …
either way … national suicide …. I will vote for the POS (mittens) …. he can not be any worse then what we have now …. after all it is his turn right ….

conservative tarheel on March 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

A little info on Senator Coburn.

I have friends and relatives in Okiehoma and here’s what they say about Coburn:

He’s a RINO.

He went out of his way to campaign for McCain in 2008 in Florida.

He is a personal friend of Barack Obama.

He’s the kind of Senator that Obama could “work with”.

He’s DONE NOTHING for the state, except get up and whine about “earmarks” and wasteful spending.

Who has really done anything for the state (and done what advocates like Congressional reps/Senators are supposed to be)…..JIM INHOFE.

Coburn likes to travel in his daughters Operatic audience circles and if the Dems had run anyone that was Conservative against Coburn last time he might not even be in the Senate now.

Sorry if this doesn’t fit the spin on Coburn but my kin ain’t a lyin.

Coburn………no friend of Conservatives.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Coburn………no friend of Conservatives.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Don’t waste your time, looks like the majority of conservatives have already drank the koolaid.

lea on March 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Hahaha, HA is getting really pathetic now. When Dewin switched endorsements, it was better because he had endorsed Romney. Now we’re supposed to believe its not as good for Coburn to endorse Romney because he also likes Santorum.

Zaggs on March 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Coburn has long been one of my favorite and most trusted senators. This is a big pick up for Romney. I am now interested to see what happens there on Tuesday.

brilrodion on March 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Conservatives in Oklahoma know who the real Conservative is in the state. That’s Senator Inhofe. He tells it like it is and puts up with no gruff.

Inhofe……YES

Coburn……NOT SO MUCH.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Coburn is probably one of the most conservative Senators there is….Wake up…Only guys who may be more conservative are Rubio, Toomey, Demint, Lee and Johnson.

therightwinger on March 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

He’s DONE NOTHING for the state, except get up and whine about “earmarks” and wasteful spending.

Who has really done anything for the state (and done what advocates like Congressional reps/Senators are supposed to be)…..JIM INHOFE.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Translation: Inhofe is a corrupt porker – one of the biggest in Washington – who loves to spend others people money, so he’s a great conservative. Coburn whines about spending – who cares about spending anyway? Not “truconservatives” – so he’s a RINO.

The crazy: facts and logic won’t stop them.

joana on March 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Go Team Santorum!!! 2012

multiuseless on March 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Conservatives in Oklahoma know who the real Conservative is in the state. That’s Senator Inhofe. He tells it like it is and puts up with no gruff.

Inhofe……YES

Coburn……NOT SO MUCH.

PappyD61

Yet they always like to trot out ACU ratings and Coburn’s lifetime is about 1 point higher than Inhofe’s. Narrative fail.

Zaggs on March 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Go Team Santorum!!! 2012 2020 (maybe)

multiuseless on March 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Fixed it.

carl todd hand on March 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

AND ED MORRISSEY IS RIGHT.

YEAH, SURE.

reliapundit on March 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Heaven forbid that the man have his own preference for a candidate like all the rest of us, or at anytime get to change his preference. What country do we think we are we living in!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I think it’s pretty to safe to say that in just a couple of more days we can dispense with this charade of a nominating contest and get on with the business of taking our country back! You’ll be able to buy that Chevy Volt sooner than you said PBHO and you’ll have all the time in the world to drive it around the block and wait for it to charge up again for you.

Romney/? 2012!

MJBrutus on March 4, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Romneys campaign coule END on Tuesday.

IF all of the anti-Romney people go out and vote, as a protest of the republican establishment, for Ron Paul!

This one act of futile voting would END the Romney campaign!

Freddy on March 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Coburn was one of John McCains earliest and staunchest supporters in 2008. He even campaigned for him in crucial states like Florida.

I guess the whole experience outside Washington thing didn’t mean much to Tom in 2008 when he went around the country touting McCain’s legislative record, which was not conservative on many issues.

Tom seems to go with the establishment guy every time. Hmm.

fight like a girl on March 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

COBURN AND CANTOR AND COULTER AND ISSA AND BOLTON AND NUGENT AND ODONNELL AND MDONNELL AND THUNE ARE ALL WRONG.

AND ED MORRISSEY IS RIGHT.

YEAH, SURE.

reliapundit on March 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Except for maybe Ted…*in your best whiner voice*…”well…it was the best that WE could do! (crowd)

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYMHoLLy4xk

Coburn loving him some McCain in 2008.

Here’s another one.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/11/opinion/main3817077.shtml

McCain Buries His Progressive Past

The prevalent view of McCain is that he is a generally conservative figure with a few maverick stances and an unwavering authenticity. Nearly every liberal editorial board that has made a Republican endorsement has chosen McCain, and nearly all have offered variations on the same theme. “Voters may disagree with his policies, but few doubt his sincerity,” editorialized The Boston Globe. “The Arizona senator’s conservatism is, if not always to our liking, at least genuine,” concluded the Los Angeles Times. This is the consensus: McCain’s basically a right-winger, but at least you know where he stands.

Actually, this assessment gets McCain almost totally backward. He has diverged wildly and repeatedly from conservative orthodoxy, but he has also reinvented himself so completely that it has become nearly impossible to figure out what he really believes.

Political conversions are hardly new or scandalous. McCain’s ideological transformation is unusual for two reasons: First, he has moved across the political spectrum not once – like Al Smith or Mitt Romney – but twice. And, second, he refuses to acknowledge his change.

McCain ran for his Senate seat as Barry Goldwater’s ideological heir, and, with the exception of a couple maverick episodes – his crusades against Big Tobacco and for campaign finance reform – he fulfilled that pledge. But something dramatic changed during, and after, his 2000 presidential campaign.

Conservatives complain constantly of McCain’s disloyalty, but the full extent of that disloyalty is not widely known. Even though it is in the public record, McCain’s voting behavior during Bush’s first term is almost never mentioned in the press anymore. Yet McCain’s secret history is simply astonishing. It is no exaggeration to say that, during this crucial period, McCain was the most effective advocate of the Democratic agenda in Washington.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Tom seems to go with the establishment guy every time. Hmm.

fight like a girl on March 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

….shut-up!…you trying to F up everyone’s BS narrative…or sometin’?

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I’ll take INHOFE any day of the week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA9YkEd10ZI

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Coburn has been leaning RINO in the last year. He’s liking himself in “gangs of”.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Only a fool would say this about Coburn.

rubberneck on March 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Thanks PappyD!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Well, at least I know we’ll have a Democrat in the oval office, regardless of who wins.

urban elitist on March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Of course you will – someone has to serve the cocktails.

Adjoran on March 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Romneys campaign coule END on Tuesday.

IF all of the anti-Romney people go out and vote, as a protest of the republican establishment, for Ron Paul!

This one act of futile voting would END the Romney campaign!

Freddy on March 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Or Romney could die from Neutral causes or something and “end” his campaign,

I just love this wishful thinking that has been going on lately here, I have much better wishes in my wishful thinking section then Ron Paul winning

OrthodoxJew on March 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

…Romney is at least intelligent enough to not want too many fights with his base in a first term…

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Romney will not worry about any “base”.

Romney’s Repub nomination will be because of his slash and burn campaign, no real base building needed.

After the nomination is wrapped up, he will bring out his left of Kennedy self for all the moderates and indy’s to see. The bet is that the base will vote for Romney out of fear of BO.

Plus, the only possible way for Romney to beat BO is for the economy to crash (and for the Press to fail in convincing the public that it is not BO’s fault). So again, why worry about the base?

Further, in 2016 what could the base do? Primary him? Not likely.

The Repubs have made a calculation that Conservatives will fall in line. We’ll see.

tonotisto on March 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Isn’t this the guy who says Pelosi is a nice person?

Night Owl on March 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Yes, and he says the same of Obama, who entered the Senate the same year.

Coburn has issues with Gingrich and fails to see a bigger picture. Coburn’s endorsement of Romney is a disappointment. I wish he had refrained from making any endorsement at all.

onlineanalyst on March 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I’m sorry, but Tom Coburn, IMHO, is the primary example of why we should have term limits. He’s been living for years on his “conservative” credentials yet he votes like any other entrenched politician. Right now, he’s supporting Romney, when he knows that Romneycare nullifies Obamacare as a campaign issue. I’ll bet he’s one of those who has refused to put out a legitimate bill to repeal Obamacare. I’ll bet he’s one of those who’s allowed Harry Reid, and the Democrats, to go over 1000 days without passing a budget. He supports Mitch McConnell, who threw the House Republicans under the bus, and I’ll also bet he hates the tea party.

That being said, I’m glad he’s at least outed himself as far as not being a conservative.

bflat879 on March 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

He endorsed McVain ahead of the last primary and it would have been better had he not endorsed anyone this time around. Alas for this Okie, it’s time for Coburn and Inhofe to retire or get primaried. They served well enough till now but they’re not up to the task of turning this country around.

AH_C on March 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

baa-baa-baa
The GOP herding instinct in full swing.

james23 on March 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I’m sorry, but Tom Coburn, IMHO, is the primary example of why we should have term limits. He’s been living for years on his “conservative” credentials yet he votes like any other entrenched politician. Right now, he’s supporting Romney, when he knows that Romneycare nullifies Obamacare as a campaign issue. I’ll bet he’s one of those who has refused to put out a legitimate bill to repeal Obamacare. I’ll bet he’s one of those who’s allowed Harry Reid, and the Democrats, to go over 1000 days without passing a budget. He supports Mitch McConnell, who threw the House Republicans under the bus, and I’ll also bet he hates the tea party.

That being said, I’m glad he’s at least outed himself as far as not being a conservative.

bflat879 on March 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Do people just have some draft of “comment to use when Romney gets high-profile endorsement, fill the blank spaces”?

1 – Coburn has a 98.3 lifetime ACU rating.

2 – Term limits? That convinced me that you a) have no idea who Coburn is and b) you just copied something you wrote for someone else.

Not only Coburn is a big proponent of term limits, he walks the walk – he could have this seat for life (or his seat in congress) – but, unlike many others, he walks the walk:

Coburn retired from Congress in 2001, fulfilling his pledge to serve no more than three terms in the House.

Coburn has announced that he will stick to his term limits pledge and retire from the Senate in 2016.[13]

Really, what an incredible thing to write about Coburn.

People just have to understand that for strong conservatives who understand how dangerous is the spending and deficit situation, there’s no viable alternative to Romney in this primary.

joana on March 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

At least he know what a conservative is. I mean really, could you ever see Michelle Malkin endorsing Romney unless he was the nominee? An endorsement defines who you are more than who gets it.

Starlink on March 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Hasn’t she endorsed big government, porker, unions stooge Santorum?

joana on March 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Coburn has been leaning RINO in the last year. He’s liking himself in “gangs of”.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I’d take Coburn over Cornyn and KBH any day. Luckily, KBH is leaving and we can only hope Ted Cruz is elected. He’s of the DeMint and Rand Paul ilk and would shore up the few conservatives in the Senate now.

TxAnn56 on March 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Oh heck, I left out a tiny detail, and a silly typo.

What I was rapidly thinking was …

IF people in VIRGINIA were to go out and vote for Ron Paul, where they have no other choice than Romney, then Romney’s campaign would end.

I was not actually calling for national support of Ron Paul as that would be silly.

Freddy on March 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Here come the anti-Romney trolls again, claiming he and Obama are identical. Get a life people, you are sounding more ignorant by the minute.

echosyst on March 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Every thing would change on a dime if Santorum dropped out.

Dr Evil on March 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

If only Rick, Newt and Paul would drop out we could… Oh never mind.

rich801 on March 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I accept that the fix is in, and Romney is going to be coronated. Tell the Media, they think they can still squeeze some juice from this farce of a primary.

Dr Evil on March 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

This is a huge pickup for Romney.

WisCon on March 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Romney hasn’t gotten my endorsement yet and that’s all that matters to me. Kinda selfish I suppose.

Fuquay Steve on March 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

In life, and especially politics, our choices are seldom perfect

Tell that to my wife – she’d agree with that 110%.

Fuquay Steve on March 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

echosyst on March 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

name call all you want. we ain’t voting for your boy. tough.

renalin on March 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Look to Romney’s past, not his current politically expedient turn towards conservatism writ large by Wikipedia. Who did he nominate in Massachusetts? Progressives?

Anyone who has researched this at all knows that Romney had to present every judicial nominee for approval before a Governor’s Council,where Dems held 8 of 9 seats. If the Council did not approve the appointment, it would not go forward. He created a nominating commission chaired by a conservative to search out candidates that would not be activist judges, which was almost certainly the best that he could do under the MA system.

But those are merely the facts….It’s so much easier to make stuff up.

Priscilla on March 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM

WisCon on March 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

how so. the romney train is stuffed with rinos. whats one more.

the base ain’t happy.

renalin on March 4, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Willard’s characterizations of Obama are that he makes “mistakes” and is “inexperienced”. Basically: BHO messed up the economy as a good natured, but well meaning incompetent. This is a very weak and bloodless attack by automaton Willard.

When the MSM has finished slicing and dicing Willard, in the fall, his criticism of BHO will be that he has poor advisers and a better management team is needed to carry on the good ideas within the Obama agenda.

wraithby on March 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Rick Santorum is the best choice by far.

Pork-Chop on March 4, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Coburn said glowing things about Obama once.
Not a surprise.

Inhofe. If he endorses Romney, then the fat lady has sung. That’s like an endorsement from Sarah Palin. He’s a very principled man.

balkanmom on March 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Willard’s characterizations of Obama are that he makes “mistakes” and is “inexperienced”. Basically: BHO messed up the economy as a good natured, but well meaning incompetent. This is a very weak and bloodless attack by automaton Willard.

wraithby on March 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Why do you think Obama messes up the economy? Because he’s a Chinese secret agent? A sociopath who wants to destroy an entire country by weakening it economically? What about George W. Bush? Or many of the other past Presidents?

Big government types and socialists aren’t evil persons. They just don’t understand that their attempts to improve the economy by command and control is doomed to fail since it is impossible or unsustainable for politicians as economic decision makers to solve the economic calculation problem.

They are wrong, not evil. They are delusional about the role of the government. They confound accumulation of power with accumulation of knowledge – believe the two go hand to hand, as long they are the ones with power. As Reagan used to say, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t true.

Obama would love to have the economy in great conditions right now – if only to be sure of re-election. He doesn’t because he’s incompetent and wrong on so many things.

joana on March 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

astonerii on March 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

We’ve been over this before. Almost every judge position he filled in Mass were for CRIMINAL courts, which has absolutely nothing to do with constitutional cases, laws, gun control, etc etc. We’re talking judges that handle things like robbery and rape cases, who cares what party they are if they’re handling stuff like that?

I can’t believe that you’re STILL repeating bullcrap that you yourself know to be misleading.

WolvenOne on March 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Outer Limits commands from the Ruling Class Republican Establishment (with help from their pals: the d-cRAT socialists and their stooges/puppets in the socialist media):

There is nothing wrong with your mind. Do not attempt to think for yourself. We are controlling the information provided for the Republican primaries. If we wish to destroy a conservative, we will bring up the volume of attacks. If we wish to support a RINO, we will tune it to a pleasant sound. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image of a conservative, make it flutter. We can change the focus of a conservative to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity for an establishment RINO. For the remainder of the primary season, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your mind. You are about to participate in a great adventure – the approval of the RINO that we establishment clowns have selected to win the nomination. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… ANOTHER RULING-CLASS ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE LOSER.

We, the Ruling-Class Repub Establishment, hereby command you to support our candidate, RINO romney(care), who will, without doubt, also lose in the general election like our other candidates mccain, dole, george h.w. bush, ford….

TeaPartyNation on March 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Some of you crack me up here on HA…first it’s “Romney doesn’t have ANY Tea Party or very conservative backers!” Then when people like Kelly Ayotte, Nikki Haley, Tom Coburn, Christine O’Donnell, Jeff Flake, Ted Nugent (who played at TP rallies all over the country), etc You all come out with “Well, they’re ALL RINO’S!!!” Seriously, this is funny!

g2825m on March 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Wethal on March 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Do you really believe that a weak Republican Senate (51-52) votes will be able to overcome the filibuster the Dems will throw at a seriously conservative nominee to replace a tried and true progressive. The fight over Bork and Thomas will look like a walk in the park. IMO the pub senators and Romney will fold like a broken kite.

chemman on March 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

We’ve been over this before. Almost every judge position he filled in Mass were for CRIMINAL courts, which has absolutely nothing to do with constitutional cases, laws, gun control, etc etc. We’re talking judges that handle things like robbery and rape cases, who cares what party they are if they’re handling stuff like that?

I can’t believe that you’re STILL repeating bullcrap that you yourself know to be misleading.

WolvenOne on March 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I’ve stated these things over and over as well but to no avail as the people will believe anything that fits their predetermined image.

g2825m on March 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

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