Romney: Obama’s the real Etch-a-Sketch candidate, you know

posted at 5:07 pm on April 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

In which a man possessed of legendary flip-flop kung fu, whom some in the green lobby are backing precisely because they don’t believe a word he says about skepticism towards man-made climate change, beats up on an opponent for not being true to his word. Stuart Rothenberg wrote a column just yesterday arguing that Mitt’s vacillations are actually one of his great strengths in the primary because, no matter how far right his rhetoric may stray, centrists discount it on the surefire assumption that he’s lying for electoral advantage. It’s the Republican version of liberals shrugging at Obama’s ultra-cynical, decades-long “evolution” on gay marriage. And yet, here’s Mitt’s take today on The One: “He doesn’t want to share his real plans before the election.” Er, yeah. Don’t you hate candidates like that?

All right, deep breath. I had to get that off my chest before we shift to blind circle-the-wagons mode for the new nominee. In fact, as Guy Benson argues, Romney’s attack on O today was pretty sharp. And while he didn’t use the words “Etch-a-Sketch,” there may be a method to the madness of trying to paint Obama as the flip-flopper in the race. It’s not Romney being oblivious to his own record, it’s simple strategy:

Mitt Romney has decided the best defense is a good offense. Derided as a “flip-flopper” by President Obama? Throw the charge back in the president’s face. Attacked for his plan to revamp Medicare? Fire back that Obama has already crippled the popular entitlement program.

That was the central theme of the all-but-inevitable Republican presidential nominee’s speech Wednesday to the Newspaper Association of America: Try to take evident vulnerabilities of his own candidacy and turn them against the current White House occupant. As Romney pivots toward the general election – and after Tuesday’s victories, this week seems to mark a line of demarcation between the primary and general elections – it hints at a major part of his strategy to unseat Obama.

Romney has been knocked repeatedly – by Republican and Democratic critics alike – for changing position on issues like abortion-rights and gay marriage. But during his speech, he listed a series of Obama’s own flip-flops he deemed “election-year conversions.” The list included corporate tax rates, regulation, and energy policy.

That’s an interesting twist on the Rovean game plan of reframing your opponent’s greatest strength as a weakness, but maybe Mitt had no choice. What’s Obama’s “great strength” at this point? His landmark domestic “achievement” is on life support at the Supreme Court and the long-hoped-for economic recovery hasn’t yet picked up serious momentum. He’s the rare president who’s going to try to win a second term by making the election a referendum on his challenger, so here’s Romney trying to head him off at the pass by neutralizing one of the Democrats’ strongest attack lines.

And of course he’s right in what he says about Obama’s habit of torching Republican straw men. O might have gotten a standing ovation from the reporters in the room after yesterday’s speech (whereas Romney did not after today’s), but that didn’t stop the AP from dropping this fact check on him for treating opposition to the mandate and cap and trade, among other things, as uniquely GOP phenomena. Take two minutes to read, especially if you’ve forgotten which Democratic presidential candidate was pro-mandate in 2008 and which was anti.


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Ann Coulter insist’s that the only time Mitt’s flipped is on abortion.HA!

SMACKRUNNER on April 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM

This was an excellent speech. Look, Romney became more conservative as the years went by. Big Whup. It’s what happens to most of us, but by all means keep beating the flip flop dead horse and watch O enjoy the ride. Heck, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin are just as guilty of this flip flopping thing, and unlike everything Hot Airians like to guffaw over vis a vis Mitt (Circa 1994-2006) they did it this past year so it can’t be blamed on youth and inexperience. It’s also fun to remember y’all thought RomneyCare was going to be the death of him and you were wrong about that too.

Focus on O, please.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Gotta give lib4life credit …he takes a beating here every day and comes back every day.

terryannonline on April 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

…I’m laughing so hard…I may need to borrow a diaper from lobotomy4life …maybe the one it wears as a hat!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

All right, deep breath. I had to get that off my chest before we shift to blind circle-the-wagons mode for the new nominee.

An infamous beta male gets the vapors. No surprise here. What would be surprising here is if a so-called conservative blogger could support the presumptive GOP nominee and indicate some level of seriousness about defeating ObaMao in November. Clown nose on, or off, Allah?

cicerone on April 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Allah and the TrueCons are going at Romney from his right flank.

How, exactly, does Barry do that?

WWOD? What Will Obama Do? What can he say? What’s his comeback?

Look at Liberal4Life. All it does is troll to sew dissent and hope to suppress the vote. Why? Because the entire HA audience is right-of-center.

Take L4L’s comments and think of it coming out of Barry…

I never in my life time though anyone could out liberal Ted Kennedy in a debate.

The same person wants me to believe he is a conservative in 2012.
What a phony!

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

That would be damaging…at CPAC. But on a national stage, what Barry would end up doing is confirming to independents and moderates Romney is not some far-right guy. That in turn would put Mitt, in center-right.

This is same electorate that believed Obama was center-left. As polls have shown, no one buys that anymore. Barry, in effect, would be outing himself.

So, again, What Will Obama Do? Criticize Mitt’s record as Governor? On what front? Is Barry really going to deride the guy 0 has openly admitted to basing his biggest legislative achievement on? What message does this send about Obama?

All 0 has is 1%, class warfare agitprop. He’s going to run against Bain and hope the MSM can disillusion enough righties to not go out and vote.

This is why we hear people like Scarborough say “everyone in the GOP says he can’t win…”. Suppress the vote, eek out a win, and then let the MSM slam the right by repeatedly saying “boy, if the base only supported Romney…but I guess they’re just anti-Mormom bigots”.

So it doesn’t matter what your principles are, your non-vote is going to sold as a vote for bigotry. Because the MSM is going to echo the following, “The right has spent four straight years calling 0 a marxist-socialist. What reason could they have for not turning out in droves to finally get rid of him? If he was that big a threat, how could any of them stay at home?

And just like that. Your stand for “conservative values” is code for bigotry.

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I want to comment on his style: he has a very pronounced prompter cadence, which he really needs to eliminate. It was particularly noticable, and distracting, in this video.

MustLoveBlogs on April 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

….I do want to thank Hot Air for linking to this speech. We got Paul Ryan today, which was also a great speech, but didn’t get Romney’s Wisconsin acceptance speech which followed Ryan.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

And just like that. Your stand for “conservative values” is code for bigotry.

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Way to win Conservatives over to Romney, Kissinger.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Romney: Obama’s the real Etch-a-Sketch candidate, you know

Did anyone else think of Pee-Wee Herman?

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

That would be damaging…at CPAC. But on a national stage, what Barry would end up doing is confirming to independents and moderates Romney is not some far-right guy. That in turn would put Mitt, in center-right.

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

OK, if Mitt just keeps up with the Etch-a-Sketch jokes against flip-flopper Obama, then Obama’s lead will melt away and Romney will have a 10-point lead in no time. We’ll be waiting for that.

Look, Romney became more conservative as the years went by. Big Whup.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM

No, Romney became more conservative as 2008 approached. The 2002 version of Romney wasn’t much different from the 1994 version. In fact, the 2002 version might have been even further left.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Libby,

I’ve called you out for a few weeks. You always run. You couldn’t make a valid argument if Ed and Allah gave you a guest column.

All you do is drop a non-sequitur and bolt. Pure troll.

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Romney: Obama’s the real Etch-a-Sketch candidate, you know

Did anyone else think of Pee-Wee Herman?

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I didn’t look at the clip yet, but does it have anything to do with “I know you are, but what am I???” LOL

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I want to comment on his style: he has a very pronounced prompter cadence, which he really needs to eliminate. It was particularly noticable, and distracting, in this video.

MustLoveBlogs on April 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I think Romney’s delivery is too monotone and slurry.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

OK, if Mitt just keeps up with the Etch-a-Sketch jokes against flip-flopper Obama, then Obama’s lead will melt away and Romney will have a 10-point lead in no time. We’ll be waiting for that.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Pay attention:

And while he didn’t use the words “Etch-a-Sketch,”

cicerone on April 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I’m just glad the GOP is starting to go after Obowma and not each other…

… and only after a couple of days, with out even the Super PACS kicking in, Obowma and Left are in a panic.

You can see in the posts of our resident trolls…

… Quick to comment with out reading or listening to what is said, using the same old tired Alinsky tactics. (yawn)

We are coming for you Obowma…

… anothing can hide your actual record.

(off in the distance a libtard squeals like a stuck pig)

Seven Percent Solution on April 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I think Romney’s delivery is too monotone and slurry.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Luckily we don’t expect honest or competent responses from you. Troll away.

cicerone on April 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I didn’t look at the clip yet, but does it have anything to do with “I know you are, but what am I???” LOL

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Bingo!

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

confirming to independents and moderates Romney is not some far-right guy. That in turn would put Mitt, in center-right.

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

By the by, define for me with some precision just what is meant by “center-right” and “far-right” in terms of specific policy.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

OK, if Mitt just keeps up with the Etch-a-Sketch jokes against flip-flopper Obama, then Obama’s lead will melt away and Romney will have a 10-point lead in no time. We’ll be waiting for that.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Pay attention:

And while he didn’t use the words “Etch-a-Sketch,”

cicerone on April 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Oh, wow. That just changes EVERYthing, doesn’t it? /

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Luckily we don’t expect honest or competent responses from you. Troll away.

cicerone on April 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

You’re the one attacking the Moderators and Conservatives on a Conservative Blog. Who’s the Troll?

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I think Romney’s delivery is too monotone and slurry.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Luckily we don’t expect honest or competent responses from you. Troll away.

cicerone on April 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I’m honest and competent enough to know a boring speaker when I hear one. I’ve also said Palin’s public speaking needs work.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Yeah…

… We know.

Seven Percent Solution on April 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

ATTN: ALLAHPUNDIT

Why didn’t you post Romney’s Wiconsin victory speech? It would have taken less than two seconds to do so. Wisconsin was another huge win for Romney. If you are going to try to provide at least some coverage of the individual primary elections and the voting results, then you could at least include the speech from the winner.

Thank you.

bluegill on April 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

bluegill on April 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Because they still haven’t changed the name of Hot Air to Romney Central.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I just can’t wait until every thread is about Rmoney. I mean won’t that be great. /

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Gotta give lib4life credit …he takes a beating here every day and comes back every day.

terryannonline on April 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Yep, all day every day. No matter what time of day I check on HA, the little twit is right here posting. I don’t believe the idiot has a job.

rightoption on April 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Way to win Conservatives over to Romney, Kissinger.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Hey genius, that’s not my position. I’m telling you exactly how your righteous indignation is going to be sold? Do you really think the MSM is going to say “If Mitt was more right, the base would have shown” if it’s a close win for Barry? Please. They want 2010 to be the ultimate outlier.

You want my personal stance? Anyone who talks about sitting out is doing so because they need to feel important.

OK, if Mitt just keeps up with the Etch-a-Sketch jokes against flip-flopper Obama, then Obama’s lead will melt away and Romney will have a 10-point lead in no time. We’ll be waiting for that.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I guess reading is foreign to you, because I didn’t make that claim. That babble is irrelevant to what I wrote.

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Funny how the self proclaimed most conservative among us are still trying to torpedo our only chance at stopping Obama

Swerve22 on April 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Lets rename the site. RmoneyAir. Rmoney anytime all the time./

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Guy Benson 1, Hot Air o:

Mitt Romney’s rebuttal was serious, sober, and — at times — absolutely devastating. After engaging the gathering of journalists on issues pertaining to and freedom the press, Romney laid out his vision for America’s future and offered an unsparing assessment of Obama’s failures and deflections. Every American voter ought to watch Romney’s remarks (I’ve pulled out some choice quotes below) and the president’s harangue in succession. Yes, this process requires more than one hour of attention — but the stakes are extraordinarily high.

What does the Bitter Clinger faction of Hot Air have to say in response to this terrific speech? Juvenile comparisons to Pee-Wee Herman and the like. Thanks to Doughboy and a few others for some much needed objectivity and sanity.

Here’s the link to the transcript of Mitt’s speech.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yep, all day every day. No matter what time of day I check on HA, the little twit is right here posting. I don’t believe the idiot has a job.

rightoption on April 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It’s possible that there is a hand-off, when each OFA shift ends.

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

As opposed to Governor Consistency?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Your shtick is getting cumbersome. And that’s on top of deceitful and dishonest.

If someone is saying The Mittigater has not changed positions (or evolved as your boy Odufus terms it)- than call them out on it. They would be wrong and deserving of your scorn. But no one is doing that.

Your desire to crap incessantly on Rombo is giving major wood to the most diligent of Occu-pooper – and that goes agin the goal.

There is no pooping in the “Fire Obummer” trenches.

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Fact: If the Conservative Base does not vote for Romney, your guy loses. Period. And anonymous Internet Posters acting like jackwagons toward veteran Conservative Posters on the biggest Conservative Blog on the Internet, which was started by a Reagan Conservative, ain’t gettin’ the job done in swaying any hearts and minds in Romney’s Direction.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

So you don’t think President Flexibility is a flip flop liar ? You disagree with what Rombo says – or his past history to say it?
But its OK for Ocommie to accuse Mittens of flippin?

So your moronic contention would be that Romney is bad because he flip flops and shouldn’t accuse Omarxist of flipping and Obummer can’t be challenged on HIS flip flopping by Romney because of Romney’s past. But it would be equally OK for you that Obama is correct to accuse Romney of being a flip flopper but you disregard the Oval Office Fraud – OOF- and his past deceptions. That’s unfair. Obummer is not beyond reproach.

Shame on you bunker boy.

You have been liberalized-Obamatized.

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

ABRtardism can cause LIBtardism.

Like ddrintn, buckshotbill, and angryeyed, to name a few.

Gunlock Bill on April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

You want my personal stance? Anyone who talks about sitting out is doing so because they need to feel important.
budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Yep. Although some might be open to mommy giving them a lollipop if they stop throwing a tantrum.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Yep, all day every day. No matter what time of day I check on HA, the little twit is right here posting. I don’t believe the idiot has a job.

rightoption on April 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The little twit is actually a she and she is a foreigner, its either that or Allahs sockpuppet.

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

So what is Romney saying here?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

“I suck, but Obama sucks more!!!! Vote for meeeeeeeee!!!!!”

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Well then, he would be absolutly correct.

rightoption on April 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

IF the GOP is successful in forcing their choice on us, they (Romney himself is incapable of convincing anyone of anything), are going to have a tough time convincing folks that their boy is any more consistent than obama.

Battle of the Flip-Floppers? Great – just what America needs.

Pork-Chop on April 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Fact: If the Conservative Base does not vote for Romney, your guy loses. Period. And anonymous Internet Posters acting like jackwagons toward veteran Conservative Posters on the biggest Conservative Blog on the Internet, which was started by a Reagan Conservative, ain’t gettin’ the job done in swaying any hearts and minds in Romney’s Direction.
kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Exit polling is not your friend. They are voting for Romney and will in greater and greater numbers. You can stomp your feet and hold your breath all you want, but that’s not going to make anyone but Romney the nominee.

CC: Rick Santorum

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

A choice of the lesser of two flippers.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Your shtick is getting cumbersome. And that’s on top of deceitful and dishonest.

Not as “cumbersome” (I think you mean “tiresome”) as the “Man that Mitt is gonna kick him some Obama ASS!!!!! and if you say otherwise you’re an O-bot!!!!!” shtick.

If someone is saying The Mittigater has not changed positions (or evolved as your boy Odufus terms it)- than call them out on it. They would be wrong and deserving of your scorn. But no one is doing that.

So you would agree then that Romney has no argument to make against Obama on this score? Good. And “Mittigater”? “Rombo”? Good grief.

Your desire to crap incessantly on Rombo is giving major wood to the most diligent of Occu-pooper – and that goes agin the goal.

There is no pooping in the “Fire Obummer” trenches.

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Why weren’t you cheering Newt when he was just about alone among the GOP candidates in going after Obama?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Juvenile comparisons to Pee-Wee Herman and the like.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I feel like you are very aggressive when you talk to me like that and I would prefer if you addressed me directly rather refering to me in a post. (That’s how you talk to bullies.)

Oh, and I know you are, but what am I?

This is kinda awesome World’s Largest Etch-A-Sketch

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

IF the GOP is successful in forcing their choice on us…
Pork-Chop on April 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Aw, another breath holding, foot stomper. Voters made their choice. Unless you have some conspiracy theory about voter fraud./

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Exit polling is not your friend. They are voting for Romney and will in greater and greater numbers.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

LOL…sounds like Goebbels in the Bunker.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM

By the by, define for me with some precision just what is meant by “center-right” and “far-right” in terms of specific policy.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

It’s not my criteria. Combine these two polls, and you can see the middle. It’s about 1994-96 on the domestic side, Reagan on foreign.

<a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/152954/Half-Say-Obama-Liberal-Agree-Issues.aspx?utm_source=add%2Bthis&utm_medium=addthis.com&utm_campaign=sharing#.T0ebqHvZQBQ.twitter"&gt;

<a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/152021/conservatives-remain-largest-ideological-group.aspx"&gt;

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I feel like you are very aggressive when you talk to me like that and I would prefer if you addressed me directly rather refering to me in a post. (That’s how you talk to bullies.)
Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Boo Hoo. That’s how you talk to children.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Obamney: You are a flip flopper!!

Robama: No, you are a flip flopper!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on April 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

LOL…sounds like Goebbels in the Bunker.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Truth is propaganda to you. How very revealing.

Are you going to spend the rest of your life in a foul mood, like someone who woke up on the wrong side of the bed, because Palin isn’t the nominee?

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Here is what I’ve been surprised to find going on here at HA (I’m what some of you refer to as a “newbie”) – the attitude of, not only must I win, but you must lose. I’ve followed this blog for several years and don’t remember this level of disrespect between some commenters.

I believe that as long as voters have a choice in their state’s primary, then they should not be chastised and harassed for standing by the candidate of their choice. Having others belittle you because you support another (conservative) candidate is just wrong.

MustLoveBlogs on April 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It’s possible that there is a hand-off, when each OFA shift ends.

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Well could be, it’s not like Obama hasn’t surrounded himself with a lot of other idiots.

rightoption on April 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I love how you can say virtually whatever you want about Romney as long as its negative, but the second you stick up for Mitt in any way around here you’re told to watch what you say if you want to get us to like Romney. Puts a lot of the posters here in to perspective.

Swerve22 on April 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Fact: If the Conservative Base does not vote for Romney, your guy loses. Period. And anonymous Internet Posters acting like jackwagons toward veteran Conservative Posters on the biggest Conservative Blog on the Internet, which was started by a Reagan Conservative, ain’t gettin’ the job done in swaying any hearts and minds in Romney’s Direction.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Well said.

SparkPlug on April 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Try to take evident vulnerabilities of his own candidacy and turn them against the current White House occupant.

It worked really well for Obama against Palin. He’d never even wielded executive power and voted present an obscene amount of times for someone wanting the most powerful job in the world, and yet somehow, the election became about how much experience Palin had. That should have cut him so much worse since he had less and was at the top of his ticket, but then he does also have all but FoxNews on his side. Hopefully Romney understands that he’ll have to work much harder.

Esthier on April 4, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Fact: If the Conservative Base does not vote for Romney, your guy loses. Period. And anonymous Internet Posters acting like jackwagons toward veteran Conservative Posters on the biggest Conservative Blog on the Internet, which was started by a Reagan Conservative, ain’t gettin’ the job done in swaying any hearts and minds in Romney’s Direction.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Seniority?!?! Hearts and Minds!?!?!

Holy Crap!

We’re the damn right! Not some Proggy emotional tampons!

Our decisions are supposed to be based on thought, not emotion.

You know – this ABR insanity does prove that the SocialCons are just as emotionally driven as the lefties.

It’s about choices, and the biggest choice overrides them all.

Progressivism or Not.

If Santo won, I’d go and pull. If it was Newt, I was in. Hell, if it was the master of personal disaster, Herman Cain, I’d show.

My personal dislike towards Barry ebbs and flows. What doesn’t change is that he’s beyond dangerous because he’s either in-over-his-dead, or purposely wrecking the foundation to rebuild it.

I don’t need to be coddled and wetnursed to know what’s the right decision to make.

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I believe that as long as voters have a choice in their state’s primary, then they should not be chastised and harassed for standing by the candidate of their choice. Having others belittle you because you support another (conservative) candidate is just wrong.
MustLoveBlogs on April 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It’s not because you support another candidate. It’s because there is no other candidate who can be the nominee at this point. That’s reality, the writing’s on the wall.

Do you have any idea how many resources – time and money – is being wasted by not being able to galvanize behind one candidate to take on Obama? Not to mention the tedium of all this internecine sniping at the inevitable candidate. This is not a game or an exercise in soothing ruffled feathers. We absolutely must marshall all our forces to get O out of the W.H.

Nothing could be more urgent in our lifetimes.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I believe that as long as voters have a choice in their state’s primary, then they should not be chastised and harassed for standing by the candidate of their choice. Having others belittle you because you support another (conservative) candidate is just wrong.

MustLoveBlogs on April 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Bravo/Brava! And, welcome.

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 7:06 PM

budfox on April 4, 2012 at 6:58 PM

You do realize that you’re kvetching on a blog started by a Reagan Conservative, or as you spew forth, a “Social Con”?

Straight Up Question: Why would a Conservative brag about signing Romneycare, the blueprint for Obamacare?

I have always said that I will hold my nose and vote for the squish, if he secures the nomination. However, I am an American and will make my own choice. Period.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Oh, I get what you’re saying, Buy Danish, but brow-beating is just not a winning strategy at this point.

MustLoveBlogs on April 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Fact: If the Conservative Base does not vote for Romney, your guy loses. Period.
kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

.
If the conservative base prefers Ocommie over Romney so be it. Knock yourself out. If they are waiting for Romney to bow to them for their approval – you have the wrong Presidential candidate.

This election should be framed on whether or not Oflexible gets to keep his job. DON’T MAKE IT ABOUT ROMNEY. Thats the liberal’s strategy. Does he get 4 more years based upon the last 3 ? Its a simple yes or no.

Bloggers should be very aware Romney IS NOT a Politician. He is not beholden to any special interest as the corrupt career politicians running DC are used to behaving. You would be making a mistake to assume he will conduct business in a typical political style.

It is a new game with a different kind of player. And that’s what really bothers “conservatives”

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Bloggers should be very aware Romney IS NOT a Politician.

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Excuse me? He sure ain’t a dogcatcher.

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

No Mittens…YOU are the Etch-A-Sketcher.

Obama is a clear as the blue sky doctrinaire Marxist with Muslim sympathies.

We know FAR MORE about Obama and how he is a devoted statist.

But you Mittens change with the seasons.

I will relish it when you lose to the Marxist.

As evil as Obama is, you have to respect him as you know where he stands.

Then we can gridlock him for four more years as we fight his known evil as opposed to spending four years making excuses pretending you are governing as a conservative/libertarian.

KirknBurker on April 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

It’s not Romney being oblivious to his own record, it’s simple strategy:

It isn’t? /s

DannoJyd on April 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Luckily we don’t expect honest or competent responses from you. Troll away.

cicerone on April 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

You’re the one attacking the Moderators and Conservatives on a Conservative Blog. Who’s the Troll?

kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Thank you for pointing that out kingsjester. I’m really sick of Romney supporters attacking everyone who doesn’t tow their line on Romney.

KickandSwimMom on April 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM


If the conservative base prefers Ocommie over Romney so be it. Knock yourself out. If they are waiting for Romney to bow to them for their approval – you have the wrong Presidential candidate

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Yes, we most definitely do have the wrong presidential candidate in the person of the failed single-term governor whose only achievement while in office was a progressive program of policy to achieve universal healthcare coverage, which it never did, and cost containment, which it never could, the very program of policy that became the model for ObamaCare with all its new rules, new taxes, its mandates, and core assumption about using of the coercive power of the state to support progressive policy goals.

I’m supposed to get excited about this progressive-leaning department of motor vehicles clerk with a blow-dried bouffant haircut?

casuist on April 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

because, no matter how far right his rhetoric may stray, centrists discount it on the surefire assumption that he’s lying for electoral advantage

What a heck of a resume’ the GOP ought to walk real proud with this guy!

Don L on April 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM


As evil as Obama is, you have to respect him as you know where he stands.

Yeah. I can’t wait for the fall when all the so-called conservatives who vouched for Willard’s dubious bona fides are left standing slack-jawed as we all get to witness their ideologically cross-dressing candidate contradict their every premise for a Romney nomination in one policy proposal after another.

casuist on April 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Fact: If the Conservative Base does not vote for Romney, your guy loses. Period.
kingsjester on April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

It’s just the default GOP position of, “Would you like a bad cop, or a worst cop, choice?”

Don L on April 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I’m really sick of Romney supporters attacking everyone who doesn’t tow their line on Romney.

KickandSwimMom on April 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I actually appreciate their attacks as I take those as an excuse to publish facts showing how lousy a LIBERAL Mittens really is.

Let them spew their venom. We’ll give them a taste of reality in response.

DannoJyd on April 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Yeah. I can’t wait for the fall when all the so-called conservatives who vouched for Willard’s dubious bona fides are left standing slack-jawed as we all get to witness their ideologically cross-dressing candidate contradict their every premise for a Romney nomination in one policy proposal after another.

Anything to avoid having Sarah Palin winning…eh?

Don L on April 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM


This election should be framed on whether or not Oflexible gets to keep his job. DON’T MAKE IT ABOUT ROMNEY.

I know. Because Romney could never win on his own merit. No one would ever vote -for- Romney.

casuist on April 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

ideologically cross-dressing candidate

casuist on April 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Shazam! I like it!

Mind if I borrow it? :o))

DannoJyd on April 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Then we can gridlock him for four more years as we fight his known evil as opposed to spending four years making excuses pretending you are governing as a conservative/libertarian.

KirknBurker on April 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Ha! Sure you will. You think you can “gridlock” him on the next Supreme Court nominee, his executive orders, EPA regs, drilling, his NLRB alliance, ad nauseam?

Time to set an alarm clock so you WAKE UP.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Nothing could be more urgent in our lifetimes.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

…but but, I don’t like when the voters dicate to me who the candidate should be. Why does it have to be Romney just because he’s gotten more votes and won more contests?!?! I want to dicate to THEM who the candidate should be!!!

/truecon(TM)

Swerve22 on April 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I’m at a Romney event as we speak…

Suburban Philly….great turnout

corujodp on April 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Excellent!

I love the crowds at Romney events.

bluegill on April 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I like it Mitt goes after Obama…….

but sorry folks, he’s just not believable as a Conservative.

Go out and look at HIS OWN WORDS.

YouTube is stocked full of his comments about being Pro-Choice, being a Progressive, supporting man-made Global Warming and on and on.

His own son even is quoted as saying he thought “Obama is great” in Hawaii before their caucus.

And his campaign ad about being pro-Abortion practically makes killing the unborn sound patriotic.

MittBots might not like it but they are Romneys’ own words that are the reasons Conservatives have doubts about him.

PappyD61 on April 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I believe that as long as voters have a choice in their state’s primary, then they should not be chastised and harassed for standing by the candidate of their choice. Having others belittle you because you support another (conservative) candidate is just wrong.
MustLoveBlogs on April 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It’s not because you support another candidate. It’s because there is no other candidate who can be the nominee at this point. That’s reality, the writing’s on the wall.

Do you have any idea how many resources – time and money – is being wasted by not being able to galvanize behind one candidate to take on Obama? Not to mention the tedium of all this internecine sniping at the inevitable candidate. This is not a game or an exercise in soothing ruffled feathers. We absolutely must marshall all our forces to get O out of the W.H.
Nothing could be more urgent in our lifetimes.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 7:03 P

YES. Buy Danish is exactly right.

In 2008 I was very disappointed when Romney dropped out and endorsed McCain, but from that moment on I was an enthusiastic McCain supporter who wanted to make sure we defeated Clinton or Obama.

Prolonging the Republican in-fighting and primary season simply for symbolic reasons or because of some candidates like the self-centered Rick Santorum won’t let reality get in the way of their egos is STUPID.

We can and must defeat Obama. It’s time to stop playing around.

bluegill on April 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

And on top of that.

If he was Pro-Choice when his Mom ran for the Senate in 1970 and this ad is from say 2004 then he had been Pro-choice for nearly 35 years.

…..but now he’s Pro-Life?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=i1fThdWagJ4

PappyD61 on April 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Mark Levin’s audience still in denial.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

PappyD61 on April 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Dude, you have a choice. Obama or Romney. Which one is more apt to appoint judges whose rulings would be more in synch with yours?

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I like it Mitt goes after Obama…….

but sorry folks, he’s just not believable as a Conservative.

Go out and look at HIS OWN WORDS.

YouTube is stocked full of his comments about being Pro-Choice, being a Progressive, supporting man-made Global Warming and on and on.

His own son even is quoted as saying he thought “Obama is great” in Hawaii before their caucus.

And his campaign ad about being pro-Abortion practically makes killing the unborn sound patriotic.

MittBots might not like it but they are Romneys’ own words that are the reasons Conservatives have doubts about him.

PappyD61 on April 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Wow, I never knew Romney used to be pro-choice and that there’s videos of it on youtube. Thanks for bringing up this little known and underreported fact to me so I can now change my mind about wanting Romney to beat Obama in the fall.

Seriously wtf are some of the people around here smoking? We’ve been hearing about and watching these videos non stop since 2006 ffs. Mitt changed his stance, we get it. Every politican in the race right now has done it many times before. Obama probably does it half a dozen times before his afternoon golf bout each day. Can we just move on and throw that bum out of office already?

Swerve22 on April 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Truth is propaganda to you. How very revealing.

No, you see, there is such a thing as an absolute increase in numbers; and then there’s such a thing as a greater percentage as part of yet another low-turnout Romney victory.

Are you going to spend the rest of your life in a foul mood, like someone who woke up on the wrong side of the bed, because Palin isn’t the nominee?

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I didn’t bring up Palin. It’s YOUR guy in the spotlight.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 9:22 PM

no matter how far right his rhetoric may stray, centrists people paying the least bit of attention to his history discount it on the surefire assumption that he’s lying for electoral advantage.

pannw on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I’ll be genuinely surprised if Willard Fillmoure Romneycare is half as vicious to Obama as he’s been to the conservatives.

SilverDeth on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Dude, you have a choice. Obama or Romney. Which one is more apt to appoint judges whose rulings would be more in synch with yours?

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Neither.

SilverDeth on April 4, 2012 at 9:25 PM

It’s just the default GOP position of, “Would you like a bad cop, or a worst cop, choice?”

Don L on April 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

This year a hell of alot of people will choose “option C” and the Republican establishment can start to realize the magnitude of their stupidity – playing chicken with their base.

We are nobodies battered housewives.

Votes are earned – Not freely given.

Or worse – in this case – coerced. Trying to shove a useless human garbage gutter rat like Willard down our throats in the face of King Barry Hussein is EXTORTION.

SilverDeth on April 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Do you have any idea how many resources – time and money – is being wasted by not being able to galvanize behind one candidate to take on Obama? Not to mention the tedium of all this internecine sniping at the inevitable candidate.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Mitt… Mr Inevitability ™ since November 5, 2008. Why couldn’t we have all just shut up and got behind the inevitable candidate as early as 2009???? Why even have primaries?????? Yeah, Romney’s been inevitable since he’s been Next In Line. He’s also been the Inevitable Loser. Thank you for your participation in the 2012 Squish Sweepstakes! Let’s see which squish loser will be crammed down our throats for 2016. Jeb? Probably, though I don’t think the GOP will be quite the party it is now.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM

So what is Romney saying here?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

“I suck, but Obama sucks more!!!! Vote for meeeeeeeee!!!!!”

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Obama is aggressive pancreatic Cancer. Romney is AIDS. Both are terminal. One just takes longer to kill you.

Oh goody.

/pass

SilverDeth on April 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Are you going to spend the rest of your life in a foul mood, like someone who woke up on the wrong side of the bed, because Palin isn’t the nominee?

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

By the way, no, I’m not angry about it at all. I think Palin’s pretty sharp. She’s giving the establishment just enough rope to hang itself.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Probably, though I don’t think the GOP will be quite the party it is now.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I fully agree with this – once this election ends in disaster for America – regardless of which of the two democrats running wins – we have to absolutely dedicate ourselves to a third party – a conservative party. The republicans have gone full Whig, and just like their predecessors, have chosen to attack their base and consign themselves to the garbage heap of history.

SilverDeth on April 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

beats up on an opponent for not being true to his word.

Oh, like Romney was not true to his word in February 2008? Promising to battle all the way to the convention, and then breaking that promise less than 48 hours later, quitting, lying about his reasons for quitting, and then “releasing” his delegates to McCain?

Right.

ITguy on April 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I didn’t bring up Palin. It’s YOUR guy in the spotlight.
ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Bitter Clinger, I don’t need to bring her up. You positively seethe with anger and resentment, 24/7. I have never seen a single ray of sunny light from you. Never.

By the way, no, I’m not angry about it at all. I think Palin’s pretty sharp. She’s giving the establishment just enough rope to hang itself.
ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

You’re about as convincing as Barry pretending to be a free-market capitalist. As for Palin being sharp, what’s your point? No one is arguing she isn’t “sharp”. However sharp she may be she is not on the freaking ticket and that a decision she made. You are waging an idiotic crusade to stick it to “the establishment” and are delusional enough to think the goal will be helpful to anyone but the main beneficiary – Barry O.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 9:50 PM

You’re about as convincing as Barry pretending to be a free-market capitalist. As for Palin being sharp, what’s your point? No one is arguing she isn’t “sharp”. However sharp she may be she is not on the freaking ticket and that a decision she made. You are waging an idiotic crusade to stick it to “the establishment” and are delusional enough to think the goal will be helpful to anyone but the main beneficiary – Barry O.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Now I can’t speak for ddrintn… but sticking it to the establishment is exactly what needs to happen in order to force them to stop grabbing these mush-pot bags of RINO suck and forcing them on us like Italian mobsters shaking down a corner drugstore.

It’s a damn shame that the &^^holes running the party star chamber decided to pick this cycle to play chicken, but so be it. Whatever horrors come out of this, so be it, we will clean it up later through whatever means is necessary.

SilverDeth on April 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I’ve called you out for a few weeks. You always run. You couldn’t make a valid argument if Ed and Allah gave you a guest column.

Yes give lib4life his own threads then we can take pot shots at him

lol

gerrym51 on April 4, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Dude, you have a choice. Obama or Romney. Which one is more apt to appoint judges whose rulings would be more in synch with yours?

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

How about neither? No one, whether Romney or Obama has ever given any indication tjhat they will appoint judges that use simple logic rather than pure hackery to the court. No matter who wins, we lose.

eva3071 on April 5, 2012 at 6:07 AM

How about neither? No one, whether Romney or Obama has ever given any indication tjhat they will appoint judges that use simple logic rather than pure hackery to the court. No matter who wins, we lose.

eva3071 on April 5, 2012 at 6:07 AM

That is utter nonsense.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Bitter Clinger, I don’t need to bring her up. You positively seethe with anger and resentment, 24/7. I have never seen a single ray of sunny light from you. Never.

Are you kidding? I’ve been waiting for this for 3 years now. I am enjoying and will continue to enjoy every minute of it.

You’re about as convincing as Barry pretending to be a free-market capitalist.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Of course. I’m an anti-free market “socialist” since I object to a guy who signed into law massive state intervention in the health care system, is talking about indexing the minimum wage to inflation, and having the “rich” pay more of their “fair share”.

ddrintn on April 5, 2012 at 7:43 AM

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