DeMint on Romney: “There’s a lot to like there”

posted at 5:15 pm on March 22, 2012 by Tina Korbe

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint all but called for Mitt Romney’s GOP opponents to drop out of the race today, according to Alex Burns and Jon Allen of Politico.

“We all need to look at this presidential primary and encourage the candidates to do a little self-reflection here on what’s good for our country,” the influential South Carolina conservative told reporters in the Capitol after attending a group meeting with Romney. “The sooner we can make a decision, the sooner we can focus on the real problem, which is Obama.”

Asked if he was making a diplomatic case for former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker Newt Gingrich to drop out, DeMint said “You can take from that what you will.”

“There’s no need to drag this to a convention if it’s pretty clear who our nominee is,” DeMint said.

DeMint also said he has “always been impressed” with Romney. “There’s a lot to like there.”

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller reports that the Obama campaign almost relishes the prospect of facing Romney in the fall:

They are afraid of everything from a spike in gas prices to the possibility of war with Iran; from unemployment to the Supreme Court’s striking down the health care law. But one thing Barack Obama’s expensive war machine isn’t afraid of right now is Mitt Romney. …

“The things that I worry about are all the outside money,” Burton said. “Mechanics wise — the things that our out of our control —I think there are real issues for Democrats,” Burton said. “But from an issues perspective, we’re ready to go on offense.”

“There is nothing about Mitt Romney himself [that scares me],” Burton added, “it’s the resources that are at his disposal.” (Burton’s Super PAC recently received the explicit backing of the Obama campaign to raise money to counter Republican independent expenditure groups.)

Another veteran Democratic operative compared Romney to his predecessors as governor of Massachusetts, Mike Dukakis, who beat what many saw as a weak field for the nomination.

“This is their year of the seven dwarfs,” Trippi said. “He’s just the tallest dwarf.”

In a way, though, the Obama campaign’s disdain for Romney points the way for the former Massachusetts governor — or any GOP candidate — to be victorious. Obama is right to be afraid of the issues — and, in the end, the election will be about him and his failed policies. At this point, it doesn’t matter so much who the GOP nominee is as that he not let Obama off the hook.


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Angryed, you’re obsessed. What is it exactly you’re trying to accomplish here? He’s going to be he nominee whether we like it or not. Do you want to get rid of Obama? If so, how do you do that other than biting our pride ad voting for Romney?

Grow dude, you’re adolescent out bursts aren’t accomplishing anything and quote frankly, I’m tired of reading them.

jawkneemusic on March 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Whatever, they have their marching orders from above. I guess I can’t blame them given that their paychecks rely upon it, but it’ll be amusing to see the Hot Air team attempting to stretch to fit this newest Procrustean bed Santorum has laid out for them.

Actually, maybe they WILL just ignore it. Or consign it solely to a headline.

Esoteric on March 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I don’t know what Santorum said or didn’t say today. But I’m sick of supporters of the “Etch-a-Sketch” Romney denouncing Ed, Allah, and Tina’s integrity. I’ve been reading this blog for years before I registered. I’m really glad to be here because while I disagree with their conclusions from time to time, I’ve never had cause to question their integrity. If you find this blog so biased, please go somewhere else.

Gladtobehere on March 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

angryed on March 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Hey everybody! It’s angryed, the Numeric Uno Concern Troll!

He’s here to tell you not to vote for the presumptive nominee! You can bet you bottom dollar that if that nominee was a hybrid Jeanne Kirkpatrick/Milton Friedman old angryed would be yelling “Squish! Vote for for Obama in protest!”

Go back to PuffHo, angryed!

M240H on March 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller reports that the Obama campaign almost relishes the prospect of facing Romney in the fall

Two posts in one day where Tina posts Democrat talking points, although this time, at least, she doesn’t reinforce them.

Obama needs the ABR crowd fired up enough to give Santorum the delegates to force a brokered convention. So by all means vote for Senator Sweater Chest. Because Obama is really scared of facing him, unlike the easily beatable Mitt Romney.

Mr. Arkadin on March 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I like Senator DeMint. He has a lot of cred. He has decided he has enough to lose some. Or invest it. Or make a bad investment. Depending on your point of view.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Pushing a big pile of chips into the pot. Probably gritting his teeth while doing it.
But, y’know, he’s right. This is pointless from here on. It needs to be over before the convention, regardless of who wins. Being unable to campaign passionately against Obamacare is a loss, but, there’s lots more low hanging fruit to be plucked. It would be nice to hear something new out of Mitt, though. That businessman schtick is getting a little travelworn.

a capella on March 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Did DeMint get his check yet?

idesign on March 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Did DeMint get his check yet?

idesign on March 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Politician, he will get it when Romney wins…

astonerii on March 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I don’t know what Santorum said or didn’t say today. But I’m sick of supporters of the “Etch-a-Sketch” Romney denouncing Ed, Allah, and Tina’s integrity. I’ve been reading this blog for years before I registered. I’m really glad to be here because while I disagree with their conclusions from time to time, I’ve never had cause to question their integrity. If you find this blog so biased, please go somewhere else.

Well said, Tina.

InVinoVeritas on March 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Another day another poll showing a landslide for Obama

President Obama leads all of the Republican candidates nationally thanks to a wide margin of support among female voters, according to an Economist-YouGov poll released on Thursday. In a head-to-head matchup, Obama leads GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney 49 percent to 42 percent nationally, according to the poll.

Keep up the good work Mittens. Keep telling conservatives to go to hell while embracing your liberal brethren. The plan is working grrrrrreat!

angryed on March 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Notice that the poll said Obama’s lead was due to support from women voters – Just who do you think pushed those voters to Obama?

3 guesses – And Mitt, Newt and Ron Paul don’t count.

JFS61 on March 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

It’s funny how people ever believed he was a conservative. He never was.

Dante on March 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Romney? You’re right.

kingsjester on March 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

No, DeMint. But you knew that.

Dante on March 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Allah posted this a few minutes ago: Santorum: Maybe America’s better off with Obama than taking a risk on an “Etch-a-Sketch” candidate.

Gladtobehere on March 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Hey everybody! It’s angryed, the Numeric Uno Concern Troll!

You mean if someone refuses to immediately fall in line behind Mitt, that person is a troll. If you can’t make an intelligent argument in response to his post, just shut up.

Obama needs the ABR crowd fired up enough to give Santorum the delegates to force a brokered convention

Romney can’t win a single state in the south. It has nothing to do with the South supporting Obama.

bayam on March 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

“This is their year of the seven dwarfs,” Trippi said. “He’s just the tallest dwarf.”

Racist height-ism is alive and well at the DNC…

Bruno Strozek on March 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

tallest dwarf? aren’t those two words mutually exclusive?

Burton, not the brightest.

Lori on March 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Dump Mitt.

Constitution Party 2012: http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php

Stoic Patriot on March 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

DeMint was silent when the big spending republican congress was doing their thing from 2000-2006. Demint was always on Team Romney. Give me Sarah Palin anyday over Jim Demint.

CoolChange80 on March 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Well said, Tina.

InVinoVeritas on March 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Keep drinking the “Etch-a-Sketch” Kool-Aid, InVinoVeritas.

Gladtobehere on March 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

DeMint supported Romney in 2008, so what’s the big deal?

idesign on March 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Very disappointed in DeMint’s comments on Romney if he indeed said that but it does fall right in with their being little if any differences when promoting Big/Bigger Government between the two Parties leadership philosophy. The big World money manager Billionaire elites will go with either Obama or Romney since being good business men, they play both sides of the isle and the closer the two sides the better. As bookies adjust the spread to keep the bets even on both teams and smile all the way to the bank with their guaranteed cut the stealing of the American people’s wealth will continue unabated under either D or R as POTUS.

aposematic on March 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

You don’t bolster a candidate you fear, and you do not attack a candidate you do not believe is a threat. Democrats clearly think that Romney has the best shot of unseating Obama. The fact that they deny this publicly means very little when their actions so clearly demonstrate this fact.

WolvenOne on March 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

100% correct. Unfortunately, the vast majority people today believe anything they are told because they are unable to do the critical thinking required to form opinions based on actual actions. It is exactly how the bill of goods now known as President Obama was sold in the first place running with almost no record and no vetting. Heck, in 2008 Obama even called himself a blank slate upon which people could project their dreams & people still bought it.

Dark Star on March 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Did DeMint get his check yet?

idesign on March 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Sad to say, it looks like he did.

Norwegian on March 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

DeMint also said he has “always been impressed” with Romney. “There’s a lot to like there.”

demint has always been a clown.

what happened to his, you know, principles?

sesquipedalian on March 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

My junior Senator’s contribution to the conservative cause during this primary cycle has been very disappointing.Just when you think you know somebody actually has some principles,they show they are nothing more than another party hack!

redware on March 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Pushing a big pile of chips into the pot. Probably gritting his teeth while doing it.
But, y’know, he’s right. This is pointless from here on. It needs to be over before the convention, regardless of who wins. Being unable to campaign passionately against Obamacare is a loss, but, there’s lots more low hanging fruit to be plucked. It would be nice to hear something new out of Mitt, though. That businessman schtick is getting a little travelworn.

a capella on March 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I know, he know’s he’s right. As for the rest of your comment. Yep.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Sorry forgot to quote you a capella.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Wow. Everyone’s favorite conservative chimes in, and STILL you people can’t accept it.

John the Libertarian on March 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I always knew DeMint was a sellout RINO /sarc

Thanks Tina for continuing to parrot the Obama campaign rhetoric /nosarc

gatorboy on March 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

demint has always been a clown.

what happened to his, you know, principles?

sesquipedalian on March 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Three words; Ecth. A. Sketch.

Norwegian on March 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I want Obama and his foolish followers to be as confident as possible. I want Obama to confidently strut to the election booth, as if he were being crowned king.

EMD on March 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

At this point, it doesn’t matter so much who the GOP nominee is as that he not let Obama off the hook.

There’s only one candidate who would go easy on Obama. His name rhymes with Obomney.

RightKlik on March 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I want Obama and his foolish followers to be as confident as possible. I want Obama to confidently strut to the election booth, as if he were being crowned king.

EMD on March 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Like last election?

right2bright on March 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Like last election?

right2bright on March 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

That’s funny. Unintentionally, but funny. Like there’s any possible meaningful parallel between 2008 and 2012. Obama’s magic veneer destroyed. Americans are now preoccupied with the economy. There’s no more novelty or lack of familiarity to grease the wheels for BO.

InVinoVeritas on March 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

That’s funny. Unintentionally, but funny. Like there’s any possible meaningful parallel between 2008 and 2012. Obama’s magic veneer destroyed. Americans are now preoccupied with the economy. There’s no more novelty or lack of familiarity to grease the wheels for BO.

InVinoVeritas on March 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

And no Palin family circus to distract from Obama’s own record. 2012 is not 2008.

Go RBNY on March 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Give me Sarah Palin anyday over Jim Demint.

CoolChange80

Palin over any of these sell outs ANYDAY!!!

Dan Pet on March 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM

And no Palin family circus to distract from Obama’s own record. 2012 is not 2008

If you think there won’t be a Romney family circus or a Rubio family circus or a Bush family circus you are seriously not well. They will make hay out of anybody’s family. You either let that make a difference or you don’t. Obviously you allowed that to sway your opinion about Palin…will you let it sway your opinion about anyone else..or just her?

Dan Pet on March 22, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Romney in 2002: I am a Progressive

2012: I am severely conservative

Two options:

1. He was lying then
2. He is lying now

Which is it Mitt-tards?

angryed on March 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I choose the latter ed.

And by the way, to all you slicksters out there; if a person says they are “severely” conservative…..chances are they are not that conservative at all (or not at all).

cableguy615 on March 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

If you think there won’t be a Romney family circus or a Rubio family circus or a Bush family circus you are seriously not well. They will make hay out of anybody’s family. You either let that make a difference or you don’t. Obviously you allowed that to sway your opinion about Palin…will you let it sway your opinion about anyone else..or just her?

Dan Pet on March 22, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I’m pretty sure the Palin family circus beats any we’ve seen in modern history. I don’t remember any secretly pregnant teenagers etc. And it doesn’t effect my opinion of her. I voted for her anyway and would again if I had to. ABO.

Go RBNY on March 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Romney can’t win a single state in the south. It has nothing to do with the South supporting Obama.

bayam on March 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Wanna bet? $100 on every Southern state – Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. We each put up $1100 with an honest broker.

Or are you just mouthing off with the first stupid thing that pops into your head, as usual?

Adjoran on March 22, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I’ll even give you third party wins – I only win for the states Romney carries.

Adjoran on March 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Open question for the ABR contingent: is there a single figure, anywhere, who is solidly conservative enough, that if he came out and supported Romney, would not be labeled a sellout RINO squish? Anyone?

And if we get that one person to endorse Romney, will that be enough for you?

FuzzyLogic on March 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

DeMint was often touted by True Conservatives as one of their dream POTUS candidates.

So now the guy who said he’d rather have a Senate minority of 30 pure conservatives than a majority of “mainstream” Republicans is just another RINO.

Of course, we couldn’t have a post dedicated to DeMint’s professing his enthusiasm for Romney as the R nominee–it had to be linked to some crapola about the Obama campaign laughing at Romney.

If they’re laughing at Mitt, they must be hysterically giggling about the prospect of facing Senator Sweater Vest. The obvious spin at HA is getting ridiculous. How IS your guy Ricky doing today, Tina?

Meredith on March 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Open question for the ABR contingent: is there a single figure, anywhere, who is solidly conservative enough, that if he came out and supported Romney, would not be labeled a sellout RINO squish? Anyone?

And if we get that one person to endorse Romney, will that be enough for you?

FuzzyLogic on March 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Well, before today, I might have said that Santorum was that person. But, sadly, he has endorsed Obama.

Priscilla on March 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I’m pretty sure the Palin family circus beats any we’ve seen in modern history. I don’t remember any secretly pregnant teenagers etc. And it doesn’t effect my opinion of her. I voted for her anyway and would again if I had to. ABO.

Go RBNY

Hello!! Palins beat any in MODERN HISTORY?? Two words for you: The Kennedys. Do I need to say more? I mean really…a child out of wedlock? That is SCANDALOUS in 2008?

Dan Pet on March 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM

This angryed and lobotomy4life alliance is pretty strange, eh?

The Count on March 23, 2012 at 1:15 AM

At this point, it doesn’t matter so much who the GOP nominee is as that he not let Obama off the hook.

As a matter of fact it DOES matter since we are about to be saddled with the, “Obama is not a Socialist, he’s just in over his head” candidate.

DannoJyd on March 23, 2012 at 1:15 AM

What’s up with all of these RINO’s endorsing Romney? – DeMint, Bolton, Haley, McDonnell, O’Donnell

The Count on March 23, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Well, before today, I might have said that Santorum was that person. But, sadly, he has endorsed Obama.

Priscilla on March 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

At least 0bama is honest with his socialist views most of the time. RonMe, the RINO architect of 0bamacare is not.

DannoJyd on March 23, 2012 at 1:31 AM

At least 0bama is honest with his socialist views most of the time. RonMe, the RINO architect of 0bamacare is not.

DannoJyd on March 23, 2012 at 1:31 AM

What exactly is Slobama going to hit Obama with that can’t be thrown right back in his face?

swinia sutki on March 23, 2012 at 6:08 AM

REALLY? I mean, REALLY?

JOE TRIPPI????

Trippi is mocking Romney as “the tallest dwarf”?

Joe Trippi is just about the most pathetic loser in the political world today. His management of the Dean Campaign will go down in history as the biggest political joke EVAH!

OMG. Some people have no sense of how they appear to the outside world, do they? They look in the mirror and see a God; others just see Joe Trippi, DWARF.

mountainaires on March 23, 2012 at 7:41 AM

So much for being the “TEA” party guy!?! DeMint’s comments are quite disappointing given the RepublicRAT establishment was COMPLICIT in the LIES, LIES, and more LIES that RINO Romney (aka Obastard-Lite) sperad all over Florida and iowa before that, about Gingrich (see “What Really Happened to the Gingrich Ethics Case?” by Byron York, Townhall.com, 2/6/2012)!!!!! Romney, in LYING, LYING, LYING about Gingrich, has clearly proven that at his core, Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name) is nothing but an abject LIAR!?! Now how the hell does DeMint expect me to get behind Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name)?????

Colatteral Damage on March 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

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