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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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

Oh, you reminded me to add to my post at 4:26…Also Judge Robert Bork is a backer of Romney so he must be a RINO as well…right?

Ridiculous.

g2825m on March 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Oh what a surprise! Big NEWS, eh?

TruLevinian on March 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Oh surprise, surprise, a powerful GOP insider aproving of the man the insidr GOP selected and protected. How can you fight Obama with his replica?

Don L on March 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Oh, you reminded me to add to my post at 4:26…Also Judge Robert Bork is a backer of Romney so he must be a RINO as well…right?

Ridiculous.

g2825m on March 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Naw, just a pot smoking liberal. Gosh they dig up all the old relics to persuade us that Oromneycare isn’t Oromneycare.

Don L on March 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Coburn supports Mittens…

..who cares…

..The more these main line Goppers push Mittens…

..The more I see him as unacceptable…

Polarbearpapa on March 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Coburn was also a founding member of the GANG OF 6. Or was it Gang of 12? In either case, Mr. Conservative was resdy to cave to liberals just so he could “get things done”. A perfect endorser of Romney, the ultimate bipartisan, let’s work together to give Dems 90% of what they want, RINO.

angryed on March 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

This is for 2825. Congratulations on trying to educate the ignorant masses, but I am afraid that they are like buzzards flying in ever concentric circles until they disappear up their own a–holes. I am from MA and one of the things you posted in another news article about Romney in his four years as Governor denying every pardon or commutation speaks more to me about his conservatism than anything else. The “conservatives” do not recognize a decent family man without a speck of scandal, a man that inherited money frim his father and put all of it in a charitable trust in his fathers name. The idiots that decry his paying only 15% in taxes without recognizing the fact that the taxes on his investment income is double taxation. Where in the hell do you think he got his income in the first place? It was as a CEO where he earned millions and had to pay taxes on those millions. From that income he was able to invest.I doubt whether most of the birdbrains that used this tax issue as a means of dissing Romney even understands Economics 1.The bottom line is whether it is Romney or the Marxist Obama. You can vote for Romney or vote for this country becoming another third world nation. If you sit on you arse a pox on you. Again 2825, I give you kudos.

Big Nicholas on March 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

joana on March 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

You would fit perfectly as Director of Communications for the Willard campaign. They are selling the same pablum.

“They just don’t understand…”

“They are delusional…”

“he’s (BHO) incompetent and wrong on so many things…”

The Left is none of the above. They know what they want to do and are prepared to use extra constitutional means to accomplish their ends.

It’s pathetic that Willard shares the selfsame naivete and intends to run such an impotent campaign against an intense ideological exponent of Leftism that is Obama.

wraithby on March 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Oh, you reminded me to add to my post at 4:26…Also Judge Robert Bork is a backer of Romney so he must be a RINO as well…right?

Ridiculous.

g2825m on March 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Let’s not forget John Bolton. He’s a RINO too.

Priscilla on March 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Please do not confuse the Romney haters on this site with “conservatives” in any way, shape, or form. They are lunatic fringe totalitarians: anyone who does not agree with them 100% on every issue all the time and hasn’t for their entire life is a RINO traitor.

Of course, most of these half-wits proclaim they won’t vote GOP if the nominee is anyone they don’t like (which is nearly everyone), so doesn’t that make THEM the RINO traitors?

I mean, seriously – Coburn, Bork, Bolton, Cantor all RINOs? These folks need to wear a helmet 24/7, they can’t afford any further brain injuries.

Adjoran on March 4, 2012 at 6:07 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

Coburn was responsible for the Ryan plan not getting ANY consideration during the budget debacle because of his TWICE joining an infamous “gang of” to shut it down.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Putin 2012!

antisense on March 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I’m in Massachusetts. I’ll probably not vote for Mitt, because I don’t think he understands conservative thought (index the minimum wage? un, no!). So I’ll opt for Newt or Rick.

But I do expect Mitt to win the nomination. My guess: a Romney-Santorum ticket. It won’t be perfect, but it’ll be better than in ’08. Romney will fight a lot harder than the Maverick did.

MrLynn on March 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Too often, the other candidates displayed political expediency rather than moral courage

Hmmmm… I could swear I heard Mitt say that sometimes he needed to “go along to get along” with the democraps in Massachusetts even though it went against his personal beliefs.

SheVee on March 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Recall, though, that the other Senator from Oklahoma has refrained from endorsing but has spoken highly of Santorum.

I love that sentence. I love everything about it. Hasn’t endorsed. That’s where that sentence should end. But in a successful attempt at comedy, it continues. Has spoken highly of. Love it. Love it. Love it.

I have spoken highly of Jessica Alba on occasion, but have not endorsed her for president. Yet.

rogaineguy on March 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

While the “anyone but Romney” GOPers are arguing their points in “comments” sections of political/conservative websites across the blogosphere, everyday GOP voters with a “normal” interest in politics, spread across the 4 corners of this great nation, are consolidating behind Mitt Romney. They have the common sense to see that only Romney has a viable road to the nomination and the only legitimate chance sending Obama packing. They want this fight to start now.
As each day passes and new issues arise for this country, they want to hear one unified voice against Obama and not four different opinions coming in four different directions. An example would be the media characterizing the GOP primary race as being obsessed with social issues (as in birth control) In reality, only Santorum concentrates on such with Romney, Paul and Gingrich having pretty much laid low . For those of you who would defend Santorum on this, saying that the media is exaggerating, take note of how he stumped in WA state. Reports of his campaign stops were characterized that while the speeches were advertized as speeches on the economy and even the folks warming the crowds up told them that he would be focusing on the economy, they were all about social issues and very little on the economy itself.
In prior years, republicans could run a far right primary campaign and only needed to “cool their jets” during the general. With the plethora of 24/7/365 media reporting on this campaign, this becomes a trickier task. I consider myself a very social conservative too but when an obvious weakness presents itself (as in Obama’s handling of this economy) the primary campaign would be smart to focus on such a weakness which in the long run will cement independent/moderate support. Face it – it’s the economy, stupid!
Super Tuesday needs to be the end to this madness, there is just too much at stake. “Anyone but Romney” GOPers – nice try though. Additionally, the GOP needs to reform their primary rules for upcoming campaigns. When there is an incumbent Democrat or Republican in the Oval Office, the primaries need to be changed to enable a faster decision. If it is a completely open Presidential election, then a longer primary process would work better. They need to be able to choose the applicable primary plan depending on the circumstances….
God Bless Patriot Breitbart – we miss you already!

BabysCatz on March 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Of the two senators from Oklahoma, only Inhofe is the true conservative. Coburn sounds conservative at times, but then often goes the way of the moderate. Cobrun supported John McCain, too. The irony is that Coburn is a physician, and most physicians HATE Romneycare and Obamacare, and that alone should be enough to run from Romney, but not Tom Coburn. Coburn has shown that when the chips are down, he’s a go-along-to-get-along guy.

Mark7788 on March 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Coburn is an establishment moderate Republican.
Inhofe is a fighter for the conservative cause.
I’m an Oklahoman who is constantly irritated by Coburn’s two-faced stances. He can bluster in a conservative tone, but when the chips are down, he’s a go-along-Charley.

Mark7788 on March 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Coburn was against the Ryan Plan.
Coburn supported John McCain.
Coburn was for TARP.
Coburn is a weak-kneed RINO.

Mark7788 on March 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM

You know, Romney folks, you need to get your act together. With the exception of a few hardliners, we’re going to vote for your guy if he wins the primary. But you really should stop trying to paint him as a conservative. You want to get conservatives on board? Start talking about how you want him to position himself against Obama. He needs to make a specific stand on every issue that he’s flip-flopped on (abortion, mandates, you name it), then acknowledge his past positions, and tell us why he changed.

Only then will he have a chance of getting conservatives to rally behind him.

But if he doesn’t, and if the plan is to somehow woo independents by being just a little to the right of Obama but not too much to scare the poor little bunnies, then don’t even bother posting. If you think you’re change one mind by pointing to an endorsement from Coburn, then you truly don’t understand conservatives.

AJsDaddie on March 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Tom Coburn is a Closet Lib.

CoolChange80 on March 4, 2012 at 8:35 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

Would certainly be nice to see Darth Bader get her pathetic old ass booted out !

cableguy615 on March 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

He endorsed “Orange Charlie” too but we still got Rubio.

The Republican “Ruling Class” is in full panic mode. The problem for them is increasing each week with exponential intensity. The conservative grass-roots base of the party is not supporting their chosen one, Romney, in significant enough delegates to provide an urgent victory. When Romney and Santorum split Michigan delegates with 15 for Romney and 14 for Santorum their worst fears were realized.

Romney can win states, but outside of ‘winner take all’ primaries, what is occurring is actually a diminished delegate count even with the victory.

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/03/04/this-phase-began-wednesday-last-week/

Jayrae on March 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

After listening to all of you NAAA (not anyone at all) conservatives, you probably all need to live in a tree house.

AReadyRepub on March 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Establishment measuring the drapes

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

While the “anyone but Romney” GOPers are arguing their points in “comments” sections of political/conservative websites across the blogosphere, everyday GOP voters with a “normal” interest in politics, spread across the 4 corners of this great nation, are consolidating behind Mitt Romney. They have the common sense to see that only Romney has a viable road to the nomination and the only legitimate chance sending Obama packing. They want this fight to start now.

BabysCatz on March 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

That was a beautiful post. VERY TRUE. You are my new favorite HotAir commenter.

The rabid Romney-bashers are actually statistically irrelevant. They overestimate their numbers and influence. There are pockets of them here and there. They listen to talk radio shows like Mark Levin to know what to think, then they come on political websites to spew their ignorance in the comment sections.

In the real world, Republican voters want Mitt, because we want to win.

Obama needs to go, and we don’t want to mess around with an unelectable loser like Rick Santorum.

bluegill on March 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The only way the GOP beats the corrupt incompetent Obama is by talking about the economy.

Not about contraception. Not about history.

The economy. Which Romney actually has some experience with. Unlike Santorum and Gingrich.

Nominating Romney may not please the “conservatives” hosting talk shows or Facebook sites, but it’s the way to win. Which the talkers never seem to be all that interested in doing.

What about the purists who will “stay at home” if Romney is nominated?

Ignore them. That’s what they do no matter who is nominated. They always have some Holy Grail of a candidate that has some excuse or other, why they can’t get their campaign off the ground, or are too busy flapping their gums on Fox News to bother with an election campaign.

NoDonkey on March 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The only way the GOP beats the corrupt incompetent Obama is by talking about the economy.

Not about contraception. Not about history.

The economy. Which Romney actually has some experience with.

I am ABR in the primaries … ABO in the general …. Romney could not beat McLame … I do not believe him period …. IF he is the nominee I will vote for him … because as piss poor a candidate as he is … he is better then what we got now … I really don’t think he can beat BO ….. but we will see on NOV 7 ….
till then it is all spin ….

conservative tarheel on March 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I’m an Oklahoman who is constantly irritated by Coburn’s two-faced stances. He can bluster in a conservative tone, but when the chips are down, he’s a go-along-Charley.

You know who else was a go-along-Charley in the senate? Rick Santorum.

RINO on March 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Well that does it!!

THIS was the endorsement that was the deciding fac..er

what were we talking about??

ToddPA on March 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

These strong “conservative” such as Ann Coulter, Coburn, Bolton, etc. go where the money is first and foremost. They may have conservative leanings, but money talks and Romney has plenty to throw around. Those conservative clowns in Virginia, McDonnell & Cuccinelli, better start re-thinking their strategies – sure they have only Romney and Paul on the ballot to make sure Romney is in the clear. But it now looks like they’re going to lose the Virginia Senate seat because Tim Kaine is ahead of George Allen. And it looks like we’re getting set up to commit political suicide in the general election, too. With friends like these conservatives, who needs enemies. People, we still have an opportunity to make a difference and break out of the lemming mentality.

mozalf on March 5, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Coburn is now a RINO? What a joke.

I will vote for Romney because he’s the best of a lousy selection (especially for me in VA). But, the sheer derangement of the anti-Romney forces is off the charts.

Olympia Snowe is a RINO. Coburn is a solid conservative. If Coburn endorsed Newt or Santorum, the same nutjobs calling him a RINO would be singing his praises as a conservative thought leader.

Being called a RINO these days has become a meaningless schoolyard epithet since it now evidently equates someone like Tom Coburn with Mike Castle. It is absurd.

The Count on March 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Yet another sad and premature endorsement.
PRINCIPLES, gentlemen, PRINCIPLES – got any left?

How many times do we have to point out that the “It’s My Turn” GOP candidate always loses?

Puds
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

After reading comments from many supposed “conservatives,” I almost feel the need to apologize for holding similar views.

Anti-Romney conservatives are really beginning to embarass themselves at this point.

milcus on March 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Coburn is now a RINO? What a joke.

I will vote for Romney because he’s the best of a lousy selection (especially for me in VA). But, the sheer derangement of the anti-Romney forces is off the charts.

Olympia Snowe is a RINO. Coburn is a solid conservative. If Coburn endorsed Newt or Santorum, the same nutjobs calling him a RINO would be singing his praises as a conservative thought leader.

Being called a RINO these days has become a meaningless schoolyard epithet since it now evidently equates someone like Tom Coburn with Mike Castle. It is absurd.

The Count on March 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Well said.

You are a RINO if you dont hold 100% of the same views as a supposed conservative. If you only hold 99% of the views, or endorse a supposed RINO, you are also a RINO. And heaven forbid you only hold 95% of the views of a supposed conservative, you are then progressive liberal bordering on a full-blown Marxist.

It has become silly. Instead of seeking to expand the tent and win majorities, many conservatives want to close the tent. It is insanity.

If Tom Coburn is RINO, that says how nutty many on the right have gotten.

milcus on March 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Anti-Romney conservatives are really beginning to embarass themselves at this point.

milcus on March 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Beginning?

NoDonkey on March 5, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Instead of seeking to expand the tent and win majorities, many conservatives want to close the tent. It is insanity.

Losing election after election is the sign of “conservative” purity.

Maybe they will leap on the funeral pyre of our once great country, to show their devotion to it.

NoDonkey on March 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM

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

By all means call him a cult leader (Mormon Bishop), a flip flopper, a man of no real core convictions at all, and someone with very suspect hair but come on – he does understand free enterprise. He wasn’t gifted his fortune, he made it as free market capitalist.

Holy F. I just defended the Mittster. Lord, please don’t strike me down.

CorporatePiggy on March 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Tom Coburn a RINO ….. right ….

Snowe … Collins …. Lugar … most ppl that have been their for 20 plus years ….

I will go along with ….. but come ON ….

conservative tarheel on March 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM

By all means call him a cult leader (Mormon Bishop), a flip flopper, a man of no real core convictions at all, and someone with very suspect hair but come on – he does understand free enterprise. He wasn’t gifted his fortune, he made it as free market capitalist.

Holy F. I just defended the Mittster. Lord, please don’t strike me down.

CorporatePiggy on March 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Thank you … you made me smile …. now I am going to bed ….
worked all night … 7p to 7 a …… off monday and tuesday ….

conservative tarheel on March 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

…They overestimate their numbers and influence. There are pockets of them here and there. They listen to talk radio shows like Mark Levin the First Presidency/Sacrament Meetings to know what to think, then they come on political websites to spew their ignorance in the comment sections…

bluegill on March 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

See, if there weren’t so many boorish people trying so hard to paint Romney with an alternative world view (and doing it poorly), many conservatives might adopt him. As it stands, too much Mormanism goes the wrong way.

OkieDoc on March 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM

CorporatePiggy on March 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

You may ask: “How did I get here?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU
“Once In A Lifetime”
The Talking Heads:

♫♪ You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack,
And you may find yourself in another part of the world,
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile,
You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife,
You may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?”

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

And you may ask yourself, “How do I work this?”
And you may ask yourself, “Where is that large automobile?”
And you may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful house”
And you may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful wife”
♫♪

(snip)

http://tinyurl.com/4tgmj8e

Maybe you’ll find yourself on Willard’s home planet some day.
I’ll Pass.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

What’s absurdly funny is that it was Coburn’s assessment of Gingrich that “he’s not a conservative” that helped lead people away. Now we’re supposed to believe, since Coburn endorsed him, that Mitt Romney is a conservative and moreso than Gingrich? Please. I will never vote for the slimeball that is Mitt Romney.

alwaysfiredup on March 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Instead of seeking to expand the tent and win majorities, many conservatives want to close the tent. It is insanity.

NoDonkey on March 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Mitt Romney is the ultimate tent-closer. He works to marginalize grassroots conservatives. There is absolutely no way in heck anybody is going to flim-flam me into voting for that turd.

alwaysfiredup on March 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Some may worry that Romney will lay down in the general, as McCain did back in 2008 by not attacking Obama as he should have. I whole-heartedly disagree, Mitt Romney wants this and not even Obama will stand in his way. Months ago, it was very obvious that Obama had a big chance of being a one-termer but lately, polling and a perceived improvment in the economy seems to have changed this, whether it’s fact or fiction. Romney knows this will be his absolute last bite at the apple. Take into account his pacs, who will bludgeon Obama to the max. Now that the american people know much more about Obama and his aura has tarnished, Romney and his pac will let loose, let the games begin….

I AM BREITBARTICUS !!!

BabysCatz on March 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

While the “anyone but Romney” GOPers are arguing their points in “comments” sections of political/conservative websites across the blogosphere, everyday GOP voters with a “normal” interest in politics, spread across the 4 corners of this great nation, are consolidating behind Mitt Romney. They have the common sense to see that only Romney has a viable road to the nomination and the only legitimate chance sending Obama packing. They want this fight to start now.
As each day passes and new issues arise for this country, they want to hear one unified voice against Obama and not four different opinions coming in four different directions. An example would be the media characterizing the GOP primary race as being obsessed with social issues (as in birth control) In reality, only Santorum concentrates on such with Romney, Paul and Gingrich having pretty much laid low . For those of you who would defend Santorum on this, saying that the media is exaggerating, take note of how he stumped in WA state. Reports of his campaign stops were characterized that while the speeches were advertized as speeches on the economy and even the folks warming the crowds up told them that he would be focusing on the economy, they ended up all about social issues and very little on the economy itself.
In prior years, republicans could run a far right primary campaign and only needed to “cool their jets” during the general. With the plethora of 24/7/365 media reporting on this campaign, this becomes a trickier task. I consider myself a very social conservative too but when an obvious weakness presents itself (as in Obama’s handling of this economy) the primary campaign would be smart to focus on such a weakness which in the long run will cement independent/moderate support voters which, like it or not, are necessary to win a national race. Yes, it is still all about the economy, stupid.
Super Tuesday needs to be the end to this madness, there is just too much at stake. “Anyone but Romney” GOPers – nice try though.
God Bless Patriot Breitbart – we miss you already – I AM BREITBARTICUS !

BabysCatz on March 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

wraithby on March 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

joana is the left. She’s a defender of Krugman, Mr. Econ Guru of Stimulus fame.

totherightofthem on March 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

This is for 2825. Congratulations on trying to educate the ignorant masses, but I am afraid that they are like buzzards flying in ever concentric circles until they disappear up their own a–holes. I am from MA and one of the things you posted in another news article about Romney in his four years as Governor denying every pardon or commutation speaks more to me about his conservatism than anything else. The “conservatives” do not recognize a decent family man without a speck of scandal, a man that inherited money frim his father and put all of it in a charitable trust in his fathers name.

Big Nicholas on March 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Obama seems like a nice family man. Bush 41 was a very fine family man. Bob Dole was a solid family man. Al Gore always seemed like a solid family man.

I voted for Bush 41, and for Bob Dole, but against Obama and Al Gore. Bush 41 was not a particularly good president, and Bob Dole was a good man, but a poor candidate.

Romney needs more than a good family life to be either a good candidate or a conservative.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Please do not confuse the Romney haters on this site with “conservatives” in any way, shape, or form. They are lunatic fringe totalitarians: anyone who does not agree with them 100% on every issue all the time and hasn’t for their entire life is a RINO traitor.

Of course, most of these half-wits proclaim they won’t vote GOP if the nominee is anyone they don’t like (which is nearly everyone), so doesn’t that make THEM the RINO traitors?

I mean, seriously – Coburn, Bork, Bolton, Cantor all RINOs? These folks need to wear a helmet 24/7, they can’t afford any further brain injuries.

Adjoran on March 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Isn’t it time to drop the ridiculous straw man that Romney just “does not agree with [us] 100% on every issue all the time?”

Just admit the man is a classic Rockefeller “Don’t-lump-me-in-with-Reagan” Republican, and the only reason to vote for him is the R after his name.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Just admit the man is a classic Rockefeller “Don’t-lump-me-in-with-Reagan” Republican, and the only reason to vote for him is the R after his name.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

they pray that it will be enough … just like with McCain …. and like McCain
they will be wrong …. I will be supporting down ticket candidates with my
time and money ….

conservative tarheel on March 6, 2012 at 8:27 AM

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