Krauthammer: Romney gets weaker every week

posted at 2:30 pm on March 7, 2012 by Tina Korbe

When candidates use a long primary process to engineer exceptional campaign organization for the general and to personally connect with as many primary voters as possible, a long primary can be helpful. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney so far has not done that; instead, his trail performance has shown all the signs of a lack of stamina. He’s wasted money and time in states he should have won handily. He’s uttered sloppy — albeit sincere — sentences. He’s backed off of attacks on the president — the one person in the presidential race that needs to be weakened for the general election in the fall.

Charles Krauthammer summarized all of this neatly in a recent appearance on Fox News:

On Fox News’ coverage of Super Tuesday, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer explained why Romney’s performance left much to be desired and how the wins he chalked up happened in states he was expected to win. But despite coming well short of dominating his rivals, Krauthammer said, Romney remains the front-runner — albeit a weak one.

“It doesn’t change the big picture, which is that Romney, slow and steady and collecting the delegates and the wins he’s winning, is a relatively weak front-runner,” Krauthammer said. “I mean, look where he won, tonight: Massachusetts and Vermont, home court. That’s like Gingrich winning Georgia. That’s like [Stephen] Hayes winning Wisconsin.”

Romney, Krauthammer argued, isn’t strengthening his hand as the primary continues. Instead, he said Romney’s stature as a strong candidate is diminishing.

“So, I think in the end, it’s the slow and steady of the tortoise, you know, gathering up delegates,” he said. “Romney, who’s on his way, but it’s going to be a painful, long trip. And he gets weaker, not stronger, I think, with every week.”

Meanwhile, Obama continues to heat up. He’s conveniently kept the focus on his administration’s contraception mandate, which he’s managed to use to score points with voters sympathetic to the “plight” of those who can’t “afford” contraception. He has deflected blame for rising gas prices — and Romney has given him the proverbial inch to be able take a mile. He has allowed positive economic signals to speak for themselves.

What’s the solution? To borrow a phrase from The Donald, it’s time for Romney to get tough, to develop a spine of adamantium. He can’t be just the pragmatic businessman; he’s got to be the passionate free market alternative to Obama’s crony capitalistic central planner. He needs to make the economic case against the contraception mandate by making a broader case against the socialism of Obamacare. It’s time for Romney to hammer Obamacare so hard that folks no longer think he’s attached to any part of it. He needs to make the case that Obama is largely to blame for high gas prices — again, thanks to central planning tendencies that favor certain products over others. He needs to make the case that the economy has crept back slowly no thanks to Obama at all — and to illustrate how his tax, regulatory and entitlement reform plans are far superior to the president’s nonexistent plans for reform in those areas.

Sorry, Romney, but it’s time to speak the outrageous truth about Obama — and to risk hate as well as love. It’s not enough to be merely tolerated.


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Don’t blame Newt and Santorum.

Willard is outspending everyone 20 to 1 and still cant close the deal.

liberal4life on March 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Outstanding.
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annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

It’s hard to “get some spine” and attack Obamuh – when it was you who handed the Communist the blueprint for the foundation of the unrestrained State.

Great work, Max Headroom.

I want to vomit, that this person is gonna be the GOP nominee. From H.W. Bush, to W, to McCain … now, it’s gonna be Max Headroom – nothing but Democrats of yesteryear … controlling and destroying the GOP.

I can’t wait for Rachel Maddow to run on the GOP ticket. Why the hell not?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Sorry, Romney, but it’s time to speak the outrageous truth about Obama — and to risk hate as well as love. It’s not enough to be merely tolerated.

Tina, you are asking him to be something that he just isn’t. Romney doesn’t believe in conservatism and he’s not that good at faking it.

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Oh God. Give it a rest. Romney won twice as many states as the next competitor and 2.5 times as many delegates.

He will be the nominee and he isnt going to sell his soul to the tea party so he wont get Sharon Angled at the primary.

HotAir types want a Sharon Angle for the nominee….they like last place Newt and last place Palin….they arent too bright.

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

If Romney is limping, are Newt and Santorum crawling? When will the right wing pundits stop flogging a dead horse race? How many anti-Romney threads can HotAir come up with in one day?

galtani on March 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

HotAir types want a Sharon Angle for the nominee….they like last place Newt and last place Palin….they arent too bright.

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Your whining is music to my ears…:)

idesign on March 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

No we want a nominee who will FIGHT for us and with us. Who will dramatically oppose Barry, and draw the bright bold lines of distinction between him and us. Romney’s showing us that he’s a reincarnation of McLame.

Iblis on March 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Is Krauthhamer planing on voting for Obama again?

VorDaj on March 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hey Tina, how about a thread regarding last night’s Ann Romney giving a big shout out to Palin nemesis Senator Murkowski for helping Mitt Romney win Alaska….while Palin’s choice took last place in Alaska.

Or is that against HotAir rules???

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

More evidence that Romney is definitely NOT a conservative. . . .DUMP MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Hey Tina, how about a thread regarding last night’s Ann Romney giving a big shout out to Palin nemesis Senator Murkowski for helping Mitt Romney win Alaska….while Palin’s choice took last place in Alaska.

Or is that against HotAir rules???

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Why is it our job to prop up the supposed frontrunner? Mittens may be able to clinch the nomination by merely outspending and outwaiting his opponents, but he can’t employ that strategery in the general election. He’ll have to actually beat Obama by convincing people to vote FOR him, not just offer himself up as an nonthreatening alternative.

Doughboy on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

He can’t be just the pragmatic businessman; he’s got to be the passionate free market alternative to Obama’s crony capitalistic central planner.

But is isn’t the passionate free market alternative to Obama. That’s the problem.

Just Sayin on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

liberal4life on March 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

You’re a leftist tongue-bather trolling a conservative blog.
No one CARES what you think.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

But is he isn’t the passionate free market alternative to Obama. That’s the problem.

Just Sayin on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

FIFM

Just Sayin on March 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Hot Air and Romney are, at least for the most part, birds of a feather. I’d say they both bend over backward so far to avoid appearing “extreme” that they break their spines, but that assumes they have spines.

The Rogue Tomato on March 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Well, thats right! Romney only won 6 states to Santorum’s 3 and Gingrich’s 1. What’s the matte with the boy?

claudius on March 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

“I mean, look where he won, tonight: Massachusetts and Vermont, home court.

Using the same logic that says Vermont is Romney’s home court, then how pathetic is it that Santorum can’t even win in his home court (Ohio) and Gingrich can’t win in his home court (Florida)…seems to me that those two are the weak ones.

JA on March 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Stop tearing down the GOP nominee or go to jail!

lorien1973 on March 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hey Tina, how about a thread regarding last night’s Ann Romney giving a big shout out to Palin nemesis Senator Murkowski for helping Mitt Romney win Alaska….while Palin’s choice took last place in Alaska.

Or is that against HotAir rules???

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Palin is taking over your brain, one post at a time..:)

idesign on March 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

He’s getting weaker? Hmmm, doesn’t help when conservative bloggers cherry pick line out of an interview and dishonestly spin it to make that very argument.

changer1701 on March 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Your whining is music to my ears…:)

idesign on March 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Did you ever get a refund for that money you spent on Half-Term’s presidential campaign? You know she played you for the fool you must be.

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hey Tina, how about a thread regarding last night’s Ann Romney giving a big shout out to Palin nemesis Senator Murkowski for helping Mitt Romney win Alaska….while Palin’s choice took last place in Alaska.

The funny thing is that this poster thinks that Romney aligning himself with Murkowski is a “good” thing for Romney.

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

“I mean, look where he won, tonight: Massachusetts and Vermont, home court.
Using the same logic that says Vermont is Romney’s home court, then how pathetic is it that Santorum can’t even win in his home court (Ohio) and Gingrich can’t win in his home court (Florida)…seems to me that those two are the weak ones.

JA on March 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Romney has boo koo $$$ and won by a slim margin in Ohio . . .. why, pray tell, did that happen? I am waiting to hear you answer.

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I’ll actively campaign for Mitt this fall because I loathe Zero and Mitt WOULD be an improvement-but we could’ve done better.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Sorry, Romney, but it’s time to speak the outrageous truth about Obama — and to risk hate as well as love.

Whereby Mittens brings a haircomb to switch-blade party in the back alley…

Bruno Strozek on March 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Why is it our job to prop up the supposed frontrunner?

Doughboy on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I was referring to the bloggers. It’s not their “job” to prop up the frontrunner. It would be nice if they didn’t spend so much time tearing him down and quoting him out of context. This is a Republican blog, allegedly.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Posted this on a headline thread earlier.

Romney just doesn’t wear well:

Thomas Whalen, a Boston University political science professor, put it this way: “To know Mitt Romney is to dislike him. That is the moral of the story.”

Maybe he looks better in hindsight? No, Romney’s former constituents still don’t like him and still don’t want him to be president.

Maybe it’s because he was a GOP governor in a reliably “blue” state? No, Massachusetts has had plenty of modern Republican governors — Weld, Cellucci, Swift — and all were more popular with their Bay State constituents than Romney.

This is all generally overlooked, which is a shame because it seems pretty important. We’re talking about a politician who’s held public office just once, for a grand total of four years. During that one term, his constituents got a good look at his leadership, and came to actively dislike him.


Link.

(As I also mentioned in my other post, Swift’s favorability ratings weren’t great when she was forced aside by Romney decided not to run again. So I’m not sure I would have included her on this list.)

Just Sayin on March 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

What are you talking about??????Willis! (Gary Coleman voice)
JugEars is a good man who is just in over his head!
Herkel can’t be given credit for what I pay at the pump!
The Holy Ghost stopped the Keystone pipeline, and discourages any kind of drilling ANYWHERE!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I’ll actively campaign for Mitt this fall because I loathe Zero and Mitt WOULD be an improvement-but we could’ve done better.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I can’t bring myself to support/vote for a Democrat (Romney/Obama).

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Sorry, Romney, but it’s time to speak the outrageous truth about Obama — and to risk hate as well as love. It’s not enough to be merely tolerated.

But thats the Way of the Moderate.

And it worked so well for McCain and Dole…..you tea-baggers are going to ruin everything.

Tim_CA on March 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Romney has boo koo $$$ and won by a slim margin in Ohio . . .. why, pray tell, did that happen? I am waiting to hear you answer.

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Its not his money, dummy. Its money he had contributed to him by people who want him to take out Obama.

Newt is broke because he took a cruise to Greece instead.

Santorum is broke because it is impossible to listen to him without feeling your IQ drop. Besides, angry people are unattractive and that is one angry guy. Maybe he should stop with the natural contraception and calm down a little. ha ha ha

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

ailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I’ll say it again: What on Earth is wrong with you that you have to bring Sarah Palin up in every thread about Romney? As if tearing her down will boost your chosen one any. Stop raising the altar of your PDS in every thread and stick to defending your guy, not belittling a private citizen and those who may like her and her opinions.

totherightofthem on March 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I can’t bring myself to support/vote for a Democrat (Romney/Obama).

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Then you’re voting for four more years of Obama, and don’t give me that line that there is noooo difference between the two…

sandee on March 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

THIS^^^^

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

My thoughts exactly. I get that none of the writers here supported him for the nomination, but enough’s enough. The math says it’s over. Not me, the math.

Nut up and back the choice of the voters. Is it everyone’s choice? No, few candidates are everyone’s choice.

Sore loser syndrome is going to give us four more years of the guy none of us can stand.

Red Cloud on March 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Moderation in all things. It’s the manly way of today.

What a land she has become!

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM
Stop tearing down the GOP nominee or go to jail!

lorien1973 on March 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I though tearing down Democrats was the whole point!

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

But thats the Way of the Moderate.

And it worked so well for McCain and Dole…..you tea-baggers are going to ruin everything.

Tim_CA on March 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

If they don’t have the tea-baggers to blame then it will be the boogie man evangelical so-cons.//

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The solution is to sit Mitt down and explain to him that it is nothing personal, but he sucks at playing a Republican.Then tell him to get out and get everybody to agree that he will get the Veep slot that could actually one day propel him to the big job. The only unresolved problem at that point is that Santorum cannot seem to leave the social stuff alone.

Southernblogger on March 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

“He’s conveniently kept the focus on his administration’s contraception mandate, which he’s managed to use to score points with voters sympathetic to the “plight” of those who can’t “afford” contraception. He has deflected blame for rising gas prices — …”

Breitbart was right…

… If the media was doing there job, we wouldn’t even be having this discussiion.

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I can’t bring myself to support/vote for a Democrat (Romney/Obama).

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Then you’re voting for four more years of Obama, and don’t give me that line that there is noooo difference between the two…

sandee on March 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Jailbreak and Go RBNY are Romney apologists. Face it guys, Romney may be ahead, but he SUCKS! He’s gonna lose the election just like Bush ’92, Dole ’96 and McCain ’08.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

focus on obama
focus on obama
focus on obama
focus on obama

time to recognize that romney has the $, the organization, and the appeal as the 1st or 2nd choice for most Americans. republicans need to rally around romney. romney needs to appoint a veep who can thrill the base — rubio!! while he appeals to the moderates who will dictate who runs the white house.

and it’s up to us to elect the most conservative, winnable congress to back up romney,
and to campaign

focus on obama and the economy
focus on obama and the economy
focus on obama and the economy
focus on obama and the economy

wholefoodsrepublican on March 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

the guy with the clearest path to the nomination keeps getting weaker? lol.. you guys really crack me up…

Fact: Romney has more delegates than ALL the other candidates… COMBINED..

To be the nominee, you need 1144 delegates… someone, anyone, show me how Rick or Newt get there from here? They don’t. They can’t.

gatorboy on March 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I’ll actively campaign for Mitt this fall because I loathe Zero and Mitt WOULD be an improvement-but we could’ve done better.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I was actually somewhat enthusiastic about McCain/Palin, despite his awful campaign (the green background in the NO speech, “the economy is strong,” the clip of him and Bush Elder in the golf cart, the RNCC video that included pictures of a school he never attended, and on and on and on).

The minute Mitt is nominated, I will shut down because I can’t stand Mitt’s onion-skinned defensiveness and stuttering speech cadence. I’ll show up to vote for him, but then spend the day praying that we keep the House and maybe get the Senate.

BuckeyeSam on March 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

No we want a nominee who will FIGHT for us and with us. Who will dramatically oppose Barry, and draw the bright bold lines of distinction between him and us. Romney’s showing us that he’s a reincarnation of McLame.

Iblis on March 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Yes!! Exactly!!

firegnome on March 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I though(t) tearing down Democrats was the whole point!

Pragmatic on March 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

It is, but Romney won’t do that with Obama. One prince respect the other. They should join tickets.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Because he keeps saying dumb crap?

silvernana on March 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Sorry but we’re talking about Romney, not Santorum.

JFS61 on March 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

wholefoodsrepublican on March 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Red Cloud on March 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Because he keeps saying dumb crap?

silvernana on March 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

That’s right, by linking to a lightweight who nobody listens to like Krauthammer, Hot Air is tearing down “the GOP nominee” (who isn’t the nominee yet, BTW).
But I’m sure you exalted with glee at Krauthammer’s many scathing commentaries of Palin, Perry, Gingrich and Santorum in the past when Hot Air linked to those, which it most certainly did.
I really think a lot of the anti-Romney sentiment is fomented by the whining, selective pouting of his many acolytes.

Right Mover on March 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Anyone who doesn’t support Romney is a traitor, or stupid?

Is that all you Mittbots have?

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Team Mitt’s basically playing the same ‘run out the clock/prevent defense” strategy they’ve been playing for all but a few weeks over the past year. Which I suppose is OK if you can get away with it, and it gets you to the nomination in August.

What’s scary is too many of his brain trust appear to believe they can run the same strategy all the way to November. Running a campaign to never say anything controversial in order to never get the moderate swing voters mad at you would be an asinine plan, because it will allow Team Obama to easily define Romney the way they want to, and pretty much have Mitt playing defense for 26 weeks, instead of going on offense about the failures of the Obama Administration.

jon1979 on March 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

he’s got to be the passionate free market alternative to Obama’s crony capitalistic central planner.

That would probably be a good idea of not for the fact that Romney and Obama share many of the same cronies, like Goldman Sachs, and Obama copied his corporatist healthcare mandate, requiring citizens to buy products from corporate cronies, from Romneycare.

FloatingRock on March 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Right, because as we all know, being loved and hated worked out so well for Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin. Christine won her senate seat, and Sarah Palin is now cruising to the GOP nomination with a vast majority of the delegates…

Wait, no. O’Donnell got curb stomped and Palin didn’t even bother running.

Look, Tina, doll, you got moxie. That’s a very admirable trait to have. But right now Mitt Romney’s winning precisely because people think he’s a pragmatic business man who won’t let emotions or outrageous outrage cloud future judgment. They think he’ll be a competent leader rather than one who relies on OWS language, social issues or ‘good speech giving abilities’ to make up for a lack of competence or experience, executive or real world.

Stating the obvious, not giving into saying things like ‘He’s a typical Kenyan anti-colonialist’ and sticking to on the dot statements about Barack Obama’s policy (you know, that thing he did in the interview that you took one sentence out of to make him look back) is what will end up winning the election in the long run, and it’s so far what’s been winning him the primaries.

So, really, put the drama stick away, stop trying your damned hardest to make Mitt look like the worst person ever, to the extent that you’re taking one sentence out of an entire interview of him pounding on the President’s policies to make him look weak, and get the hell over the fact that you’re preferred candidate is losing.

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Well he is a weak candidate so this would naturally happen.

razorbackchick on March 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Maybe Romney doesn’t attack Barry because he’s not aware Barry currently occupies the position Mit wants.

Last thing that is needed is another McCain style campaign.

GarandFan on March 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Santorum is broke because it is impossible to listen to him without feeling your IQ drop. Besides, angry people are unattractive and that is one angry guy. Maybe he should stop with the natural contraception and calm down a little. ha ha ha

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

The irony is strong with this one Obi Wan!

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Question: Why hasn’t Mitt compiled the list of every business owner whose insurance premiums have gone through the roof in the past three years and made them and their employees a pledge to repeal Obamacare?

Answer: He’s too busy tearing down his opponents.

BuckeyeSam on March 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

What a bunch of babies. In 2008 Romney was the conservative choice — a fact backed by the endorsements he received. In 2012 Romney is a liberal democrat who is no different than Obama. Either you’re admitting to being a political ignoramus or a liar, you all can take your pick though the truth is probably “both”.

Ironically Romney dropped out in 2008 despite having a decent sum of delegates. He did so because everyone knows a long pointless brawl doesn’t help. Santorum and Gingrich won’t get out because of vanity. A politician thirsts for nothing more than relevance and increased speaking fees.

And the clown car of Not-Romney’s here at Hot Air continues driving along with nothing but a pipe dream that Sarah Palin will parachute in from somewhere and replace our Celebrity President with The Reality Show President.

RINO on March 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Recall Krauthammer never criticized Obama like he did all of the GOP candidates in 2008. I think having Santorum pushing the social conservative message and Newt slinging conservative policy in general forces Romney to move right. If he’s going to evolve, let it be that way.

DanMan on March 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

And Hot Air continues to tear down the GOP nominee… He gets weaker? I wonder why.

Go RBNY on March 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

because he’s got no internal conservative core. when asked about minimum wage, he flukes it.

when asked about gas prices, he flukes it.

if he’d have gone on the GE tour with Ronald Reagan for all that time, he’d have figured out what conservatism is and how to respond to any question.

you can’t fake passion and he ain’t got it. he ain’t got it severely. so go light your hair on fire. i’m gettin’ madder the more i think about it…

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Anyone who doesn’t support Romney is a traitor, or stupid?

Is that all you Mittbots have?

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

No they have also been known to call people religious bigots, and blame a Romney loss on those evil so-con, evangelical teabaggers too.

I’ll actively campaign for Mitt this fall because I loathe Zero and Mitt WOULD be an improvement-but we could’ve done better.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Not me and no money either. I will let his over-zealous supporters carry him to defeat. The only thing I am contributing to this election is to get rip-roaring drunk and try not to cry while I vote for Politician Barbie.

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Anyone think that Romney might be saving his attacks on Obama until after the primaries? After all, why waste your ammo now (eight months out), instead of using it closer to election day when it might actually count for something?

JFS61 on March 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

WAit a minute… I thought Krauthammer was supposed to be part of the GOP “establishment” who was forcing Romney down everybody’s throats. So much for that conspiracy theory.

rhombus on March 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

In 2008 Romney was the conservative choice

RINO on March 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

No he wasn’t, he was the neocon choice. He was popular at NRO, WSJ, FNC and Rush Limbaugh but not with small-gov conservatives like myself.

FloatingRock on March 7, 2012 at 2:58 PM

The War Planner on March 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Yeah, that one was quite the hit.

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

What a bunch of babies. In 2008 Romney was the conservative choice — a fact backed by the endorsements he received.

RINO on March 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Hypocrites who supported Romney in 2008 and at the same time bigots who would never support a Mormon. /

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Hotair is beyond logic to the point of acting like the butt hurt Eric Ericson over Perry. Good. Take it for the team just like your boy does. Enjoy. Meanwhile the winners will watch fight against the real enemy.

hanzblinx on March 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Ironically Romney dropped out in 2008 despite having a decent sum of delegates. He did so because everyone knows a long pointless brawl doesn’t help. Santorum and Gingrich won’t get out because of vanity. A politician thirsts for nothing more than relevance and increased speaking fees.

And the clown car of Not-Romney’s here at Hot Air continues driving along with nothing but a pipe dream that Sarah Palin will parachute in from somewhere and replace our Celebrity President with The Reality Show President.

RINO on March 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

..nothing but net!

The War Planner on March 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

BRIETBART: Now, MORE POWERFUL than anyone can possibly imagine!Many citizens are motivated to push back on Team Obama and his cultural Stormtroopers: This includes a Hollywood producer and a freelance journalist giving “Managing Media” lessons. We apparently will have to do the work Team Romney does not want to do.

Mutnodjmet on March 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

the Left is full on in attack mode against Mitt now

“I have not seen that dance step from the Romney campaign,” Brokaw interjected. “I mean, that’s a really slow move, and he tends to go one way and crashes into the wall and goes out or you know, he goes out and does the white man overbite!”

tom brokaw.

Pretty soon the Left/Media will just start calling Mitt the White Mormon candidate that doesn’t fit with 21st century sensibilities…and We.Must.Re-elect.Obama

r keller on March 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Yay, more Romney bashing! Maybe we can get Obama re-elected yet!

crosspatch on March 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

A vote for Romney is a vote for Obama.

FloatingRock on March 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

No they have also been known to call people religious bigots, and blame a Romney loss on those evil so-con, evangelical teabaggers too.

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Ignoring that a lot of those anti-Mormon bigots supported Romney in 2008 when the alternative was John McCain. Even Jack The Ripper looked good compared to McCain.

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Its funny to me reading the comments complaining about Romney “tearing down his opponents” because they are the same people who say Romney is “too weak to take on Obama.” Which is it? He cant be both ruthless and spineless at the same time. As far as the never ending “heres what Mitt needs to do” stories, he is obviously doing something right. Hes winning, despite the left attacking him, despite the conservative blogosphere, talk radio, fox analysts and the like, he is still winning. Mathematically Santo would need to win 60 percent of all remaining delegates to win, he cant do that. Newt would need close to 70 percent. So Romney doesnt have to do anything. Conservatives, professional conservatives, need to start figuring out that this continual lamenting about Romney only helps Obama. Romney is going to be the nominee. Take a look at the states voting in April, DC, MD, WI, CT, DE, NY, PA RI. April 24th ends this thing because Romney other then Pennsylvania, and even that is a given for Santo, is going to sweep that entire month.

nswider on March 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

What a bunch of babies. In 2008 Romney was the conservative choice — a fact backed by the endorsements he received. In 2012 Romney is a liberal democrat who is no different than Obama. Either you’re admitting to being a political ignoramus or a liar, you all can take your pick though the truth is probably “both”.

Yeah, because in 2008 Romney ran as a “conservative” against a field that was decidedly not conservative. In 2012 he is disdaining conservatives and distancing himself from the Tea Party. The fact that he can change colors and reframe himself as either a “conservative” or a “centrist” depending on the situation in itself is what breeds distrust in the man and leads many to believe he has no core.
And, here’s a helpful little hint: Stomping your feet and calling anybody the least bit critical of your candidate names like “babies,” “ignoramus” or “liar” really doesn’t do anything to endear either yourself or your candidate to the unconvinced.

Right Mover on March 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Pretty soon the Left/Media will just start calling Mitt the White Mormon candidate that doesn’t fit with 21st century sensibilities…and We.Must.Re-elect.Obama

r keller on March 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Who needs the Left/Media when you have Hot air to do it…

sandee on March 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Yay, more Romney bashing! Maybe we can get Obama re-elected yet!

crosspatch on March 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Anyone think that Romney might be saving his attacks on Obama until after the primaries? After all, why waste your ammo now (eight months out), instead of using it closer to election day when it might actually count for something?

JFS61 on March 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Anybody who believe that raise your hand..(puts hand down)…

Now anyone who believe Romney is Mccain 2.0… (raises hand)

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

If Romney is weak, what does that say about the other guys?

You can’t have it both ways, all I hear about is how low Romney’s margin of victory, but what does that say about the ones who actually lost?

Newt loses 9 out of 10, and comes in 3rd or worse in every contest on Super Tuesday but his home state. Santorum loses 7 out of 10, and you still think he’s a strong candidate?

The contests Newt and Rick pick off are usually ones that Romney isn’t even competing in.

BradTank on March 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

SauerKrauthammer!

pilamaye on March 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

BradTank on March 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

But don’t you understand? Having your cake and eating it too is precisely the foundation of conservatism as defined by the Tru Cons and Hot Gas!

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

If Romney is weak, what does that say about the other guys?

That the Republican Party can’t seem to nominate a winner, and that all three of our nominees are losers– And apparently Politician Barbie is the King of the losers.

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

You dont have to call the guy names to destroy him point by point on how badly he mangled his first term in office. You methodically take him down with his own record, simple as that.

nswider on March 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Anyone think that Romney might be saving his attacks on Obama until after the primaries?

JFS61 on March 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

No.

“I will not say anything offensive or incendiary about Obama.” -Mitt Romney

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Some us are somewhere in between the Tea Partiers who love Angle/Palin and the Moderate G. H. W. Bush types – We just want the general election to begin so Obama will quit getting a free ride as the GOP kills each other. I don’t understand the venom at tearing Mitt down. So in the end, I will probably just take a Valium the that first Tuesday in November when Obama gets the election handed to him because the GOP primary lasted till mid October.

Mangofish26 on March 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

nswider on March 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Pffft, yeah right. Everyone knows that to win elections you have to call Barack Obama a communist, Kenyan anti-colonialist and the Anti-Christ. Your idea is just stupid.

/s

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

if mittens gets the nomination, maybe he gets marco rubio, and rubio actually believes in conservatism. then rubio drags mittens, kicking and screaming, to the finish line? plus joe the plumber points out in his congressional race that, yes, owe’bama is actually a socialist….

yea, that’s the ticket,yea and morgan fairchild… that’s the ticket!

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

No.

“I will not say anything offensive or incendiary about Obama.” -Mitt Romney

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

You obviously fail basic reading (or listening) comprehension. Romney always talks about incendiary things in relation to people getting a “bump in the polls” from such pandering. He’s talking about how Trump jumped to 20% in the polls by being an all-out birther. So in essence he is just saying he won’t be going the birther route (or insert anything similar) to the nomination.

RINO on March 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

try not to cry while I vote for Politician Barbie.

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

LOL.

(he comes with a hairbrush, blowdryer, three cadillacs and multiple pairs of flip-flops).

Tim_CA on March 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Our only hope is to make Congress conservative enough that President Romney is a non-factor.

MTF on March 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I find it incredibly ironic that so many of the Romney acolytes on this board who say Mitt shouldn’t lower himself to name-calling in a campaign against Obama themselves invariably resort to calling anybody critical of Romney on these threads names.
Funny how that works.

Right Mover on March 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

try not to cry while I vote for Politician Barbie.

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

LOL.

(he comes with a hairbrush, blowdryer, three cadillacs and multiple pairs of flip-flops).

Tim_CA on March 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

LOL- And one of the cadillacs come complete with the dog on the roof :)

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

You dont have to call the guy names to destroy him point by point on how badly he mangled his first term in office. You methodically take him down with his own record, simple as that.

nswider on March 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

is this methodical, recession is when your neighbor loses his job, depression is when you lose your job, and recovery is when owe’bama loses his job?

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Its funny to me reading the comments complaining about Romney “tearing down his opponents” because they are the same people who say Romney is “too weak to take on Obama.” Which is it? He cant be both ruthless and spineless at the same time.

nswider on March 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

John McCain was both ruthless (vs conservatives) and spineless (vs progressives) at the same time.

Like Romney he loves to go after conservatives but won’t do that when the opponent is a progressive.

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

wholefoodsrepublican on March 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I asked this in another thread this morning. I am still curious. Why should we vote for Romney? The response I keep hearing is “anything is better than the current POTUS”, but is that the truth?

Ok let’ say that he does beat Obama. What will improve?

1. Will Mitt really work to kill Romneycare Jr?
2. Will Mitt open up the Federal lands to oil exploration?
3. Will Mitt work to flatten and simplify the tax code?
4. Will Mitt stop the Federally funded green boondoggles?
5. Will Mitt end the revolving door between Goldman-Sachs and the Treasury department?
6. Will Mitt do anything significantly differently than BHO has been doing?

Looking at his record, I see the answer to all of these questions as no. You must look at his past behavior, as you cannot trust what he is saying, and that record clearly shows he will be no better for the nation than BHO. In fact I see Mitt as being worse for it than BHO, because Romney will poison the well for using free-market approaches to rebuild the nation. As the press will paint any and all action that Romney will take as being the capitalist’s approach.

Nathan_OH on March 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Nathan_OH on March 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Because winning 6 of 10 races just isn’t good enough for someone people.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I wonder what filter Krauthammer gets his information from, has he been out to watch the campaigns on the ground? In two instances in the past, I remember him being out of touch with happenings on the ground, when he said Scott Brown would not win in MA, and he also joined into the anti Christine O’Donnell song before she even had a chance to show what she would do.

The tortoise, has remained as strong as ever, but the weaker candidates have had advantages they have not had to pay for, like favorable coverage from Fox and talk radio. They don’t usually begin a sentence about Newt or Rick with a sneer, or something sour to say, or asking a negative rhetorical question about the others and leaving the answer hanging unresolved by real journalism.

A lot of Mitt’s fans like Fox News and talk radio, but we hear the bias and are the target of name calling like Rino and Moderate etc. We don’t really see accurate journalism portraying Romney’s achievements or character. It always begins with a sour note.

In that sentence he says weak front runner, and not weak candidate, which is what Tina is implying in the last paragraph here, her words, not his?

Sorry, Romney, but it’s time to speak the outrageous truth about Obama — and to risk hate as well as love. It’s not enough to be merely tolerated.

Can Tina please put it here too, which outrageous truth would that be? are you suggesting Romney turn into a birther or start harping about Jeramiah Wright? isn’t that 4 year old controversy? So, exactly, someone help out here: which outrageous things is Romney not addressing?

The deficit? Flat lining the economy? The spending? The stimulus gone wrong? The auto bailout with it’s cronies and union winners? Which outrageous thing are you not hearing out of Romney on the campaign trail? Could I suggest you are not looking?

And what is this thing about tolerence at the end, being merely tolerated…who, Obama or Romney? I don’t make any meaning out of that.

Fleuries on March 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

What is this, Bizzaro World? Romney keeps racking up the wins (not to mention the delegates) all the while getting weaker? Weaker than whom? He won six of ten states yesterday and took second in 3 of the 4 he lost. Who can brag of a better record than that?

rogaineguy on March 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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