Report: Romney camp offers special access in exchange for $50,000 donations

posted at 4:51 pm on April 16, 2012 by Tina Korbe

The Mitt Romney campaign will offer special access to the former Massachusetts governor to anyone who contributes $50,000 or more to a new joint fundraising committee, “Romney Victory,” according to a report by BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith.

That access will include a space at a June retreat in California with Romney, “preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat” and “yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August,” according to an e-mail cited by Smith.

The news comes on the heels of a New York Times report that shows the door to the White House has been unusually open to Barack Obama’s top donors — and that those donors are often accompanied on their visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. by outright lobbyists.

Among donors who gave $30,000 or less to Obama and/or the Democratic Party, just 20 percent visited the White House — but nearly two-thirds of the president’s top fundraisers in the 2008 campaign visited the White House at least once and some multiple times, according to the NYT analysis.

Predictably, the president and his administration deny that they grant access in exchange for donations. Not only did the president not always side with his donors on the issues they brought to his attention, but he’s welcomed plenty of non-donors to the White House, too, his spokespeople say. White House spokesperson Eric Schultz put it this way: “Being a supporter of the president does not secure you a visit to the White House, nor does it preclude you from one.”

It might be frustrating to those of us who don’t have a stash of cash equivalent to the maximum campaign contribution in our piggy banks or safes at home that money buys access to busy politicians — but, on this, I’m inclined to agree with Patrick Kennedy Jr., who told the NYT he thinks increased access for donors is kind of just part of the business. It’d be naive of anyone to think that money doesn’t talk.

While the amount of money it takes to acquire inaugural retreat access to Romney might raise eyebrows, the campaign e-mail cited by BuzzFeed is substantively no different than the Obama campaign schemes that enroll donors in a drawing for dinner with the president. Of all the incentives a candidate can offer potential donors, his ear is certainly the greatest.

The president’s or any candidate’s special willingness to listen to donors isn’t necessarily a problem. He can’t possibly listen to every single person who has an opinion on an issue — so it makes sense that he’d include “skin in the game” among his criteria for whom to give a hearing. Unduly rewarding donors, though — as in the case of Solyndra — is another matter. That’s called pay-to-play and it’s a scandal.


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Awesome idea…whatever it takes to defeat Obama

Redford on April 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Gird your loins, Miss Tina.

Fallon on April 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I’d like to go on record right now:

I’ll also give special access to anyone giving me $50,000.

(Not that kind of access Dr. Tesla – put away your checkbook)

Tim_CA on April 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I wonder how much Dr Pepper 50k will get you.

Rusty Allen on April 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Wow. This is unprecedented! People may not like the practice, but its been going on forever in both parties. And every election cycle it gets reported as if it’s something new.

RadClown on April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

You Americans need more choices at the ballot box. Both parties are corrupt and full of sh*t.

dft2000 on April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Tim_CA on April 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM
Yeah, don’t let him get his hopes up.

Rusty Allen on April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Just a reminder to Liberals,please don’t have a fit,
or a cow,remember Bill “Sexual Predator” Clinton,was
renting out the Lincoln bedroom back when……

next outrage please….!!!

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

he thinks increased access for donors is kind of just part of the business.

It most certainly is, that’s why we’re over $15 trillion in debt and climbing fast.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 5:02 PM

He let me ride on top of one of his Cadillacs.

faraway on April 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM

You Americans need more choices at the ballot box. Both parties are corrupt and full of sh*t.

dft2000 on April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Oh, looks like someone needs a crying towel. Sissy, man up. This is an election for the future of America. You play the game with THEIR rules…or you can lose by yours…

lovingmyUSA on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

You Americans need more choices at the ballot box. Both parties are corrupt and full of sh*t.

dft2000 on April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

you got that right.

unseen on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Pay to play…..

How is this different than Obama?

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Oh, looks like someone needs a crying towel. Sissy, man up. This is an election for the future of America. You play the game with THEIR rules…or you can lose by yours…

lovingmyUSA on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

How principled of you….

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

All politicians suck, I hate having to choose the best turd from a pile of dog crap.

The sooner the Zombies inherit the Earth, the better.

Bishop on April 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

We really have turned into a “he who has the gold makes the rules” country. I try to pretend that this isn’t so, but it is what it is.

MustLoveBlogs on April 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Well you can pay $35,000 a plate at an Obama dinner so why not?

Zaggs on April 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You play the game with THEIR rules…or you can lose by yours…

lovingmyUSA on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

ROFL. doesn’t being a hypocrite get old? this is dirty politics as normal. It is granting special access to those with money. It is the same thing Obama and his politcal machine has done over the last 4 years and we have rightly railed against this type of chicago style crap. Now when Mitt does it you want to give him a pass because Obama does it. Remind me again what this election is about. Mitt everyday will be seen to be obamalite has he does more of this type of stuff.

unseen on April 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

It is time for the trolls to log in now and tell us how a candidate and private citizen doing this is sooooo outrageous, immoral, unethical, racist and elitist
when compared to what Hussein does as POTUS

burrata on April 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I’m inclined to agree with Patrick Kennedy Jr., who told the NYT he thinks increased access for donors is kind of just part of the business. It’d be naive of anyone to think that money doesn’t talk.

Sadly, Kennedy is right about this. It is the way business is done in Washington, and it’s why we need to substantially reduce the size and power of the federal government.

There would be no reason for people to pay to play if there wasn’t anything for them to play (or pay) for.

AZCoyote on April 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

You Americans need more choices at the ballot box. Both parties are corrupt and full of sh*t.

dft2000 on April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Yeppers, I have to agree with you..

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I’d like to go on record right now:

I’ll also give special access to anyone giving me $50,000.

(Not that kind of access Dr. Tesla – put away your checkbook)

Tim_CA on April 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

…JEEZ! Thanks Tim…This is a FIRST!
I have never sprayed my monitor at work with a fluid before!
At home, at least it’s not embarrassing!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Under crony capitalist regimes you have to pay to play. The direction of the status quo heads right over a cliff, and that’s right were the ruling class intends to take us. Obviously they have golden parachutes, and they can always print more money. Inflation is a backdoor tax that hits the poorest the hardest, and they can increase those taxes on a whim without even passing a “tax hike” bill.

If crony capitalism is what capitalism is all about these days, as it seems, then perhaps the Occupiers might have a point after all.

I support free market capitalism but crony capitalism is un-American, IMO.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Pay to play…..

How is this different than Obama?

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

It’s NOT DIFFERENT THAN OBAMA except….

that CANDIDATE OBAMA promised change in the way DC operates, remember that? Has Romney made that promise yet? I think he won’t

BabysCatz on April 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

The sooner the Zombies inherit the Earth, the better.

Bishop on April 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Who do you think voted for Obama?

squint on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

We know that there is always going to be corruption in the system, but we that doesn’t mean we should just allow it, we still have to fight it in order to preserve as much freedom and liberty as possible. We can’t just throw up our hands and embrace corruption.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Stop treating Ben Smith as a journalist or Buzzfeed as a legit news source.

TheLastBrainLeft on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Pay to play…..

How is this different than Obama?

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

…Mitt doesn’t include prostitutes?

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

REALLY unwilling to get all ‘Rah-Rah’ about Romney with him following the “same-ol, same-ol” DC elitist approach to things.

michaelo on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

ROFL. doesn’t being a hypocrite get old? this is dirty politics as normal. It is granting special access to those with money. It is the same thing Obama and his politcal machine has done over the last 4 years and we have rightly railed against this type of chicago style crap. Now when Mitt does it you want to give him a pass because Obama does it. Remind me again what this election is about. Mitt everyday will be seen to be obamalite has he does more of this type of stuff.

unseen on April 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

This stinks

KBird on April 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM

You Americans need more choices at the ballot box. Both parties are corrupt and full of sh*t.

dft2000 on April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

dft:

I’m gonna go out on da limb,and guess your handle
(Democrats For Truth),btw,as a Canadian,you are aware
this is an AMERICAN Blog,eh!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

It is time for the trolls to log in now and tell us how a candidate and private citizen doing this is sooooo outrageous, immoral, unethical, racist and elitist
when compared to what Hussein does as POTUS

burrata on April 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Yea, let’s not hear from those “trolls” who are for the elimination of crony Capitolism, pay to play, and all those Washington insider deals. I guess we can’t expect much from Romney but the status quo…

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM
————————————

…Mitt doesn’t include prostitutes?

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

KOOLAID2:H*lluva good point on dat!!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Cue the usuals who complained all through the primary that Romney raised and used so much money. Oh my, isn’t this awful. Yet their candidates were basically in the pocket of one super-donor.

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

They still have the entertainment celebrities. That is huge.

FlaMurph on April 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Cue the usuals who complained all through the primary that Romney raised and used so much money. Oh my, isn’t this awful. Yet their candidates were basically in the pocket of one super-donor.

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

That’s your defense? LOL

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

That’s your defense? LOL

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Who needs a defense?

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

When the Occupy Wall Street crowd was attacking capitalism, myself and other people who were defending capitalism were defending free market capitalism, not crony capitalism. There is no moral defense of crony capitalism. But now Republicans seem to be conflating capitalism with crony capitalism, and they are two very different thing. When capitalists like myself defend free market capitalism, crony capitalism does not benefit from that defense.

Of course the Democrat Party is crony capitalist, too, so they can’t really benefit from this fatal flaw in the Republican strategy, but a good 3rd party can.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

All politicians suck, I hate having to choose the best turd from a pile of dog crap.

The sooner the Zombies inherit the Earth, the better.

Bishop on April 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Bishop:

I’m banking on the Lizard People Coalition Vote to eat up the Zombies,er,clean up that mess!Haha:)
(snark).

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Ya know,ahem,I know Mittens looks like the GOP Nominee,
but he hasn’t been coronated yet at the GOP Convention!

Jus say’n……*runs like h*ll*!!

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

ALL EFFORTS NEED TO BE GEARED TOWARD GETTING SMALL DONORS.

Because to do what is needed to achieve substantial gains in small donors would strengthen the campaign on all fronts, up and down the line. Because Romney would be required to appeal to the base and independents in order to get small donors in significant numbers. And hundreds of millions of $ would be brought in.
I’m normally fully against all caps, but I thought I’d try it here for this special case.

anotherJoe on April 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Of course the Democrat Party is crony capitalist, too, so they can’t really benefit from this fatal flaw in the Republican strategy, but a good 3rd party can.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Come up with any ideas on how to fund that 3rd party yet? Or will $100 bills sprout from the pumpkin patch?

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Report: Romney camp offers special access in exchange for $50,000 donations

NB: Mr. Romney, our next president, is currently A PRIVATE CITIZEN who is entitled to do whatever he pleases in this matter.

However, the criterion for an ELECTED OFFICIAL (even one who is NOT a US a citizens and who stole his election with massive voter fraud) IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT !!!!!

TeaPartyNation on April 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

If Republicans want to champion crony capitalism and pay for play, please do, that way it will be easier for the rest of us that oppose it to defeat you.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

This may be the only way Palin can meet the future President in person.

hanzblinx on April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

unseen on April 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Your favorite person in the whole wide world has been pushing Newt Gingrich. You know, the guy who charged $5000 as a quid pro quo for the honor of being bestowed his Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (an award bestowed on pornographers and strip club owners, to name a few). He’s also the guy who got big bucks from Freddie Mac. Oh, and his Center for Health Transformations has filed for bankruptcy, with unpaid creditors lining up.

So yeah, spare us the sanctimonious lectures about how awful it is for candidates to give access to big donors. I betcha even Ronald Reagan did it. When Mitt begins selling tickets to a night in the Lincoln Bedroom or arranging special, special deals for Fisker and Solyndra, I’ll be duly outraged. One thing I can guarantee: His donors won’t be members of Code Pink or other communist revolutionary poseurs.

Buy Danish on April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Romney camp offers special access in exchange for $50,000 donations

Can I just stay at home if I want to?

Fallon on April 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

ALL EFFORTS NEED TO BE GEARED TOWARD GETTING SMALL DONORS…
I’m normally fully against all caps, but I thought I’d try it here for this special case.

anotherJoe on April 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Sort of campaign finance redistribution. But think of all those media and campaign jobs that will be lost for the sake of fairness.

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Stop treating Ben Smith as a journalist or Buzzfeed as a legit news source.

TheLastBrainLeft on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

+1

Thank you!

cicerone on April 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

The news comes on the heels of a New York Times report that shows the door to the White House has been unusually open to Barack Obama’s top donors — and that those donors are often accompanied on their visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. by outright lobbyists.
================================================================

The Democrat Top Bundlers are already a shoe in for 2012 ReEmployment,so if ya gots the loot,you get a job!!!!

Remember,Bundlers form 2008,are already going to get employment in 2012!!
——–

27 Obama bundlers have already topped $500,000
Updated: 8:49 am, July 28, 2011
**************************************

More than 40 bundlers from 2008 who received government appointments after Obama’s election have returned as major fundraisers.

iWatch News reported in June how many bundlers from the 2008 campaign had jobs or commission spots from the administration. In total, 43 bundlers from 2008 later received government appointments and have returned as bundlers for 2012. Of those, five were listed as giving $500,000 or more so far in 2012. They are:

John Emerson, of Beverly Hills, who was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, raised at least $100,000 in 2008.

Michael Kempner, Cresskill, N.J., was named to the Council for Community Solutions. He bundled $100,000 for the 2008 campaign.

Kirk Rudy, of Austin, Texas, was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He raised at least $200,000 for 2008.

Andy Spahn, a $50,000 bundler in 2008 who was appointed to the President’s Commission on Arts and Humanities, has raised more than $500,000 so far for 2012.

Jane Stetson, of Norwich, Vt., a $200,000 bundler in 2008, also has reached the $500,000 milestone for 2012. She is a chair of the Democratic National Committee and her husband was appointed to the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
More……….)

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/07/15/5241/27-obama-bundlers-have-already-topped-500000

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Can I just stay at home if I want to?

Fallon on April 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Fallon:In Boehners voice….”H*ll No”!!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Stop treating Ben Smith as a journalist or Buzzfeed as a legit news source.

TheLastBrainLeft on April 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

If liberals read it they’ll convince independents to read it which is why we have to read it and stand by with the BS shovels.

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM

This may be the only way Palin can meet the future President in person.

hanzblinx on April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Your Palin BS is getting stupid, if only Romney had the same conservative/libratarian convictions I might have considered voting for him..:)

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Fallon:In Boehners voice….”H*ll No”!!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

But, I’m a mom.

Fallon on April 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:34 PM

If only Romney was a Libratarian? I prefer Sagittarians, but hey, that’s just me.

Buy Danish on April 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Romney beat Santorum with overwhelming money. This money came from people who were buying something. Romney has sold and is selling everything he can.

That doesn’t make him different from Obama. But it ought to tell anyone hoping for real reform that this will be another pay-to-play White House.

David Blue on April 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:34 PM

sometimes you have to look beyond the horoscope

hanzblinx on April 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

You Americans need more choices at the ballot box. Both parties are corrupt and full of sh*t.

dft2000 on April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

What country are you in?

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Who gives a rat’s a$$? Let’s get this show on the road and
defeat the socialist/marxist/communist presidential imposter.

The more money the merrier to beat the overseas money that is
illegally coming Obama’s way. However Romney can get it that is legal is fine with me. This is certainly a case of the end justifying the means.

I wonder how much money the unions in Wisconsin are sending his way? Ha!

Amjean on April 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

When a kamikaze pilot pushes that stick down for the final dive, one thing is certain. He’ll be pure his whole life.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

If Republicans want to champion crony capitalism and pay for play, please do, that way it will be easier for the rest of us that oppose it to defeat you.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Nonsense. It will be impossible to defeat crony capitalism and pay for play politics in the next few years, as only politicians of that type are in the race for the Presidency.

As for Democrats, there is no sign they object to it. There is no Democrat equivalent of the Tea Party. Democrats just want their own crooks in power.

David Blue on April 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM

This may be the only way Palin can meet the future President in person.

hanzblinx on April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

YOU are a dolt! Romney needs Palin to convince millions of
conservative voters to vote for him. Hopefully Romney is smarter
than you and recognizes this.

Amjean on April 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

YOU are a dolt! Romney needs Palin to convince millions of
conservative voters to vote for him. Hopefully Romney is smarter
than you and recognizes this.

Amjean on April 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

hanzblinx has Palin issues….

Don’t know the cause, but it’s a variant of PDS.

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Good grief, they get to go to a party and get good seats and maybe a moment with the candidate at the convention. chill

bluealice on April 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Nonsense. It will be impossible to defeat crony capitalism and pay for play politics in the next few years,

David Blue on April 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM

We have to try, especially younger Americans. They can’t rest on their laurels because their futures are at stake. They are being sold down the river at an astonishing rate by both parties. We can’t afford to give up and say we can’t do anything about it for a few more years. There is still time to stop them, Romney doesn’t have the nomination wrapped up, and even if he does wrap it up at some point, there is always the 3rd party option. At option I would argue we can’t afford not to take.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Good grief, they get to go to a party and get good seats and maybe a moment with the candidate at the convention. chill

bluealice on April 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

That’s the same thing Obama supporters said.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Yea, let’s not hear from those “trolls” who are for the elimination of crony Capitolism, pay to play, and all those Washington insider deals.

So how about this :
Why don’t y’all ask Obama Hussein Odinga to return all the money he has been collecting from lobbyists and bundlers and potty-mouthHollywood types , for selling access and doling out tax-payer money to them in return ?

I guess we can’t expect much from Romney but the status quo…

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Since Romney is NOT an anti-American white-hating racist islamarxist with a stick up his you know what , which Obama has always been,
I’m sure Romney will never ever be like Odumdum and destroy our country with a vengeance just to make his missus proud of our country

burrata on April 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Romney beat Santorum with overwhelming money. This money came from people who were buying something. Romney has sold and is selling everything he can.

David Blue on April 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

You’re implying that GOP voters are just as ignorant and gullible as Dems, their votes easily bought and Santorum only lost because Romney had more money. I know more than a few people express that opinion here. I don’t agree with it. Romney was leading the polls before his first dollar was spent in the primary. He didn’t buy the nomination – he didn’t lose it. People respect a solid organization.

jan3 on April 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Romney can raise more funds by selling tickets to witness Barry and Moochelle vacating the premise of 1600 Penn in Jan. 2013. It will be standing room only in the White House Lawn.

galtani on April 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM
But, I’m a mom.

Fallon on April 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Fallon:Oops,at your descretion,…”H*ll Yes”!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 6:34 PM

That access will include a space at a June retreat in California with Romney, “preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat” and “yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August,” according to an e-mail cited by Smith.

I don’t like this. I don’t care who is doing it. A retreat is not an evening gala or dinner at which a donor gives $$$ to attend for a few hours to meet and greet. A retreat gives access for long hours, long conversations and untoward policy influence. It smacks of oligarchy.

INC on April 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Couldn’t he just give them a golf umbrella and a tote?

SMACKRUNNER on April 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

spare us the sanctimonious lectures about how awful it is for candidates to give access to big donors.

Buy Danish on April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

As I recall you were the one giving those sanctimonius lectures when it was Gingrich, BD.

Hypocrite.

alwaysfiredup on April 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM

So much for the hope of change from Hope and Change.

‘Bidness’ as usual.

LegendHasIt on April 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Pay to Play is Rule #1 in Philly and all third world sh$t holes.

Romney is right in his element. Gee, no wonder the tea party loves this guy.

james23 on April 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I’m getting a schadenboehner reading all of the Rombot supporters’ comments, as they realize they have bought into another blue state slime ball and assure themselves that “everybody does it.”

Suckas!

james23 on April 16, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Pay to play…..

How is this different than Obama?

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Not one bit of difference just like there is very little difference between the DNC and RNC in how they run a primary as we have witnessed in the last two Presidential election cycles — missing ballot boxes, dead people voting, FL seniors from NY voting in FL and in NY/NE, people turned away at the NV caucus, democrats voting in GOP primary, republicans voting in Dem primary in 2008. RNC screwed up the debates with liberal moderators to help Romney. Imagine that the DNC favored Obama in 2008 and the RNC favors Romney in 2012. Romney is going to get the nomination with well over half of conservatives against him. What kind of a primary was this?

PhiKapMom on April 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Pay to play…..

How is this different than Obama?

idesign on April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Well see, if you draw the 10th Amendment on an Etch-a-Sketch………

/Romney fluffer

Nom de Boom on April 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

What kind of a primary was this?

PhiKapMom on April 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

It wasn’t a primary. It was the establishment finally deciding that the base is too stupid to be trusted with the vote. I have no doubt that they believe Romney can save America from Obama, but their definition of salvation is keeping the corrupt game going, not restoring real order.

Too bad we’re coming in the back door by taking over the party power structure.

Nom de Boom on April 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

burrata on April 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

People around here accuse me of being a RNC straw dog.

I think you and I are the only legit posters here.

And, aside from that, I don’t care if the POTUS is corrupt. The question is whether he does the job well.

Has our POTUS done the job well?

Unemployment on steroids with nothing given to the poor but enough habit forming handouts to keep them enslaved, donors with their stupid electric “golf carts pretending to be automobiles” factories subsidized by billions in taxpayer dollars, apologies to every effete foreign jerk who looks at us crooked, one phony tax measure after another and this is without mentioning the healthcare fiasco and the Justice Department which needs a fumigation.

BTW, a lawyer for Dear Leader has admitted the BIRTH CERTIFICATE is a forgery..they even a pic. She is kinda cute.

http://frontporchpolitics.com/2012/04/barack-obamas-lawyer-admits-birth-certificate-is-forged/

IlikedAUH2O on April 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM