Video: Romney sides with Obama in supporting extension of low student-loan rates

posted at 4:41 pm on April 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Remember that NYT piece last week wondering about friction between Romney and the House GOP as as he tacks towards the center for the general election while they try to hold the line on the right?

Here’s the first wisp of smoke.

“I fully support the effort to extend the low interest rate on student loans,” Romney said at a joint news conference with Florida Senator Marco Rubio. “There was some concern that that would expire halfway through the year, and I support extending the temporary relief on interest rates for students as a result of student loans, obviously, in part because of the extraordinarily poor conditions in the job market.”

In publicly breaking with his own party, Romney is taking away a potential wedge issue for President Obama’s campaign — and giving hope to Democrats that they may find new momentum for the legislation [to extend the rates]. The deadline for the current, low interest rates to expire is July 1…

Republicans oppose the bill in part on the grounds that it isn’t paid for…

Asked whether House Republican leadership would get behind Courtney’s bill, given Romney’s comments, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner was non-committal.

GOP Rep. Jeff Landry told the Times last week vis-a-vis Romney, “We’re not a cheerleading squad. We’re the conductor. We’re supposed to drive the train.” We’ll find out soon how true that is, but in the meantime read this Daily Caller piece from Friday explaining succinctly what a clever trap this was for Democrats to set. It’s not just that the extension isn’t paid for that bothers Republicans, it’s that lower rates keep the higher-education bubble inflated and keep the Democrats’ pals in academia flush with cash. But with the lower rates set to expire automatically in July, Romney was in a bind. If he sided with Obama, there’d be instant agita within the GOP that our “Massachusetts moderate” nominee is already going wobbly on spending. If he sided with House Republicans, Obama would spend the next week bashing him for hating kids and education and the middle class and all things good and true. In fact, The One actually organized a multistate trip and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show expressly for that purpose.

Romney chose door number one because he thinks he has a shot at winning young voters, or at least at enough young voters to make Obama’s lift that much heavier in November. One out of every two new college grads is unemployed or underemployed; among 18-to-24 year olds, fewer than 50 percent say they’d like to see a second term for O. Romney’s not going to hand Obama an excuse to get an otherwise ambivalent core constituency excited, especially when the cost of extending the lower rate is “only” $5.6 billion this year. He can agree with him on this and then bash him on bigger spending items (I think/hope). Besides, Romney’s probably looking for a high-profile issue on which to distinguish himself from House Republicans. He’s already praised Ryan’s budget so he’s checked the “fiscal conservative” box; now he’s going to do something for centrists and independents by daring Boehner to undercut him. He likely figures that, with the primary set to unofficially end tomorrow night in Pennsylvania and the general election to start in earnest, the House GOP will be reluctant to kneecap him on a relatively small-ticket item. And if they do, that’s fine: Centrists will feel reassured that he won’t necessarily be led by the right and conservatives will turn out to vote for him against O in November anyway.

Exit question one: Romney will definitely man up and have that “serious conversation” with America about entitlement reform when the time comes, right? Exit question two: Does this mean, contra David Plouffe, that he really isn’t the, er, most conservative nominee since Goldwater?


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“Conservatives” for Romney: we only support socialism when it directly benefits us.

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Better known as hypocrites.

eva3071 on April 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Romney is a dolt. His campaign money would be better spent buying TV spots to run econ 101 lessons… We would have better chances winning.

EvilCapitalist on April 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Is this really a hill to die on? No. It’s a drop in the bucket.

Lehosh on April 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

But if we freak out over $5.6 billion with a damn $1.3 trillion annual deficit hanging over our heads, we’re gonna hand reelection to Obama. Big picture, people.

Doughboy on April 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

You sound like the kind of person who is $60,000 in credit card debt, but goes out and splurges on a new TV or phone because it’s “only” $300-400, and what’s that compared to the bigger number?

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

but, this is not a matter of the gov’t spending money. It is not adding to the deficit or debt as far as I can see to extend the low interest rate.
Monkeytoe on April 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Huh? Of course it adds to the debt. If market rate for a loan is 5% and the govt gives out the loan at 2%, that 3% difference is a cost to the taxpayer.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

And why are you not blaming Obama for taking over this program by executive order??? Or, even if this was part of the Dodd/Frank bill that the Democrats rammed though, who’s fault is this?

Rovin on April 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I can see why Mr. Romney is saying to do the extension at this time. Why take the focus off Obama and the economy and jobs? Obama is going to have a terrible time convincing college students to vote for him again. This is not the fight to pick at this time.

Let’s keep the focus on jobs and the economy and Obama.

DVPTexFla on April 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Romney is unelectable.

Romney is already on record as being firmly to the LEFT of Obama on the minimum wage. He is now getting there on student loans.

Axelrod can run Obama to the right of this RINO clown.

Norwegian on April 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Huh? Of course it adds to the debt. If market rate for a loan is 5% and the govt gives out the loan at 2%, that 3% difference is a cost to the taxpayer.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

re-read what I wrote.

The gov’t is not “giving out” the loan. In all instances dealing with Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans, a private bank makes the loan. The Gov’t acts as guarantor on the loan (like a co-signor). Thus, the gov’t is not “lending” any money and is not being “repaid” any money.

So, the interest rate has no bearing on the gov’t's finances. If it is a higher interest rate – the student is paying more back to the bank. If it is a lower interest rate, the student is paying less back to the bank.

In neither case is the student paying anything to the gov’t. And, the gov’t did not lend the money to the student.

Monkeytoe on April 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Would any of the Romney fans care to comment on this revealing video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWDJEc92d38

FloatingRock on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Mitt’s begun to channel his inner squish.

kingsjester on April 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

No it’s called defanging an effective political weapon the Democrats were trying to wield.

Damn, some of you “true conservatives” are political morons.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

We’ve been hearing this excuse since 2010.

Doomberg on April 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

We are where we are. The alternative is….more cowbell.

At least Romney can be reasoned with – Obama dismisses our ideas out of hand just because they are ours.

JeffWeimer on April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Give him time

Dollayo on April 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

*looks at calendar*

Yes, let’s…

The Ugly American on April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Romney is not the President, and even if he were the House needs to hold the line.

SouthernGent on April 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Ummmm yea, I’m sure Boehner will do just that.

tencole on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Party on, America!

BoxHead1 on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Damn, some of you “true conservatives” are political morons.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Uh huh. So says the Flamin’ Lib.

kingsjester on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I have two kids paying on student loans and another who’s going to start needing one in a year- there are actually some of us Romney voting conservatives who appreciate this decision.

BettyRuth on April 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Yup, you got yours. Would you like some help with the mortgage too? Maybe Romney has some stash too.

katy the mean old lady on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

It’s Mittens being pragmatic. Look, I disagree with him on this position, but let’s be frank. Is it worth potentially alienating a lot of young voters out there who according to most polls are disillusioned with Obama when the matter is over “only” $5.6 billion?

Doughboy on April 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

This ^

redridinghood on April 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Agreed. This is not a battle worth fighting. Smart analysis as usual, Allah (and Doughboy).

Meanwhile I sent $100 to Mourdock in Indiana today. At this point I think those of us concerned about the country should stop nitpicking and whining about Mitt in regard to what he needs to do at this point to get elected and redirect our energy and support instead into supporting conservatives like Mourdock and Walker (Once Mitt is hopefully elected, it will be a different matter, though.)

Burke on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The Gov’t acts as guarantor on the loan (like a co-signor). Thus, the gov’t is not “lending” any money and is not being “repaid” any money.

If the borrower defaults, the government picks up the check. Why should the government be in the business of backing student loans? How on earth would a “conservative” find this a remotely acceptable practice for the federal government?

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Damn, some of you “true conservatives” are political morons.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

5.6 billion is t.p. for my bunghole.

And yet they want to argue over 15mins worth of government spending…

The Ugly American on April 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And why are you not blaming Obama for taking over this program by executive order??? Or, even if this was part of the Dodd/Frank bill that the Democrats rammed though, who’s fault is this?

Rovin on April 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

it enjoys pulling stuff out of it’s posterior.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Monkeytoe on April 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Not sure you understand how Obama changed the student loan infrastructure.

besser tot als rot on April 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Not only liberal kids have these loans. Conservative kids do also. They are faithfully paying their loans while working at lesser jobs than they are qualified for and looking for what they are qualified for. Why the hurry to penalize those who are being responsible?

Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Allah sure does enjoy rattling the cages of the paranoid ABR misfits. The question is this: Is it simply a cynical ploy to boost page hits? Or does he lack the understanding to know better than the zombie army of Romney haters who – despite their claims of being “Conservatives” – gleefully look forward to ObaMao’s re-election?

cicerone on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

C’mon- enjoy an R candidate who doesn’t intentionally drive away all levels of independent swing voters before the election.
Let the congress drop their hammer, and let Super Mitt be the “adult in the room”…….
Works pretty good for Oblamer.

Job One- NoMoBo

FlaMurph on April 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Romney is not in a position to propose a fix to the student loan problem, which Obama and Pelosi took over when he came into office.

The student loan interest rates are not as low as they were under George Bush, they are pretty high, up to 8.5%.

And the government is getting the money, which it SHOULDN’t Be.
When you had Sallie Mae and other private loan companies giving out the loans, they got something for giving out favorable rates, and the liberals were Insane over that. The rates were 3%.

Now that the government gets the money they charge a lot more.

I do not know what has to be Paid for in student loan interest rates, don’t they borrow the money at close to zero, and the students and parents pay it back at 6-8.5 %.

Sounds to me like the government makes money and if they are not, they are Ineffectual. Someone should find out what has to be Paid for. IF it is Pell grants, they are not Student loans and don’t have interest rates.

Fleuries on April 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

As soon as we take over the student loan deal has to be given back to private lenders.

You want a loan for a Russian Arts History degree you better have a co-signer so its secured.

DanMan on April 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Would any of the Romney fans care to comment on this revealing video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWDJEc92d38

FloatingRock on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I look forward to enjoying a hardy laugh at the expense of every paultard when he comes out and endorses romney

Mitch Rapp on April 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Uh, because this undercuts Obama’s talking points? Hard to paint Mittens as heartless and uncaring of young Americans when they hold the SAME DAMN POSITION on student loans!

Romney can’t agree with fiscal conservatives on every single issue heading into this election. Let him focus on the big stuff like repealing Obamacare, passing the Ryan budget, reforming entitlements, and reducing the size of government.

Doughboy on April 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Like it or leave it, none of that matters. All you squishy doughboys can say this crap till you feel content, doesn’t mean that the libs are going to allow facts to make an appearance during this campaign.

Mitt could run on the ObamaStash platform and they’d still tell baldface lies, period.

preallocated on April 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Mitt’s begun to channel his inner squish.

kingsjester on April 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

.
Like Jello to a wall…… ?

Her Axelfraud is just beginning to be ropey-doped.

It will take a Hillary to re-elect the petulant child.

FlaMurph on April 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Not only liberal kids have these loans. Conservative kids do also. They are faithfully paying their loans while working at lesser jobs than they are qualified for and looking for what they are qualified for. Why the hurry to penalize those who are being responsible?

Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Oh, you’re right, Rose. You know what else? Conservatives have underwater mortgages too. Mortgage forgiveness for everyone, Uncle Sam’s treat!

What, you don’t agree with that? Why do you want to penalize these people? Not being given free stuff is a penalty now. You just said so yourself.

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Is this really a hill to die on? No. It’s a drop in the bucket.

Lehosh on April 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I tend to agree. One of the arguments against the Buffett gimmick was that it was a drop in the bucket, wouldn’t even help. So is this. The real cuts will come when Obamacare is repealed and when we reform medicare and social security and the tax code.

Our side has to pick our battles. We need to win this election and stop Obama.

magicbeans on April 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

How exactly is repaying a loan at its current rate free stuff?

Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Centrists will feel reassured that he won’t necessarily be led by the right and conservatives will turn out to vote for him against O in November anyway.

You keep saying that. It isn’t true.

alwaysfiredup on April 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I have two kids paying on student loans and another who’s going to start needing one in a year- there are actually some of us Romney voting conservatives who appreciate this decision.

BettyRuth on April 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

The point is that Romney should not have fallen into the Dems trap and exposed Obama, not agreed with him. My son is considering starting school in the fall and taking out a student loan, and I’m doing everything in my power to talk him out of it. I would hate to see him start life with a debt when there is no guarantee he will ever work in his field or make enough money to pay back the loan.

lea on April 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

How exactly is repaying a loan at its current rate free stuff?

Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Because the loan isn’t really at that rate. That’s a subsidized rate. The actual cost of borrowing that money is higher.

alwaysfiredup on April 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

So, Romney didn’t hand Obama an ancillary political issue with which to beat him over the head? Works for me.

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Centrists will feel reassured that he won’t necessarily be led by the right and conservatives will turn out to vote for him against O in November anyway.

Only time will tell.

lea on April 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Best one sentence summary:

“Continuing to give away more money at lower interest rates is not the way to rein in the college tuition price tag; it is, however, a sentiment that will be popular with a demographic that has yet to take Econ 101.” – @miscreantminx

EvilCapitalist on April 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The fact that the government is backing student loans at all is an act of giving out free stuff (unless, of course, you think that essentially co-signing for a private loan is a meaningless act that has no monetary value). There was a time when conservatives were at least nominally opposed to the government just giving away sh*t in order to buy votes from a particular demographic. No more, I guess.

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I tend to agree. One of the arguments against the Buffett gimmick was that it was a drop in the bucket, wouldn’t even help. So is this. The real cuts will come when Obamacare is repealed and when we reform medicare and social security and the tax code.

Our side has to pick our battles. We need to win this election and stop Obama.

magicbeans on April 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

The real cuts won’t ever happen. Maybe the SC will kill O-care, but if they don’t, it won’t be repealed. Not by Boehner, McConnell, and Romney. Medicare, tax code, and social security reform? Never going to happen.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Romney is not going to stop the overspending. He’s too chicken to take action that people might not like. He is no leader.

alwaysfiredup on April 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Make a virtue out of necessity.

You have to pick your battles carefully, and this really isn’t a hill to die on. The best choice he could have made.

JeffWeimer on April 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Looks like conservatives with no core is really in this year! By fall, they are going to be everywhere! It’s the new thing to be! oh the irony….

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on April 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Sorry, as long as the loans are being repaid I’m not seeing the problem. Someone may not be making as much off the loans, but the principal is still being paid.

Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Can we have Ann Romney back?

lea on April 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Romenycare + student loans. The next step will be backing down on illegal immigration. Then stepping back on entitlements. Romney may be the greatest professional politican ever. He just might manage his way to be Prez with no political beliefs what-so-ever.

ZippyZ on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

So, Romney didn’t hand Obama an ancillary political issue with which to beat him over the head? Works for me.

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

No, he just provided voters with more evidence that he won’t do anything to rein in spending. Which is why he won’t beat Obama in November.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

gleefully look forward to ObaMao’s re-election?

cicerone on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

If Obama is such a horrible monster then why are Republicans nominating somebody just like him?

FloatingRock on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The $5.6 billion dollar cost of this student loan extension is more money than the stupid Obama/Buffet rule would generate in tax revenue per year.

Cavalry on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The government should never have taken over the loans. But they did and if the issue was giving them back, fine. But that is not the issue here.

Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

alwaysfiredup on April 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

You’re right. Mitt Romney is, psychologically, almost identical to Barack Obama. Both men are pathological narcissists with a deep-seated need–not desire–to be liked. What this means is that they will support whatever it takes to inspire fawning adoration from others. They have no principles. Their beliefs, convictions, and policy preferences are entirely dependent on whoever their perceived audience currently is.

Armin Tamzarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Romenycare + student loans. The next step will be backing down on illegal immigration. Then stepping back on entitlements. Romney may be the greatest professional politican ever. He just might manage his way to be Prez with no political beliefs what-so-ever.

ZippyZ on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

He has political beliefs. If he was JUST an opportunist who would blow with the political wind, I’d be okay with it because it would mean he’d at least be reliable if the polling looked good for a particular conservative policy or position.

But his governing record in Massachusetts makes it pretty clear how he is going to act if he gets elected. The “flip flopper” meme is pretty silly – just call him what he really is.

Doomberg on April 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Crappy policy.

Good election politics?

If I were running for pres. I would lie to the same extent as Odingdong. Promise stuff to must win groups and then backpeddal after you get into office.

Remember, “This is when the seas will stop rising” or, “we have one war to end, and one to win” or “Im for gay marriage”.

sheikh of thornton on April 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

If Obama is such a horrible monster then why are Republicans nominating somebody just like him?

FloatingRock on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Republicans pols want him, because they don’t want a change in the status-quo, as voters obviously do. Good luck if they think they can get away with it this time.

rickv404 on April 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Exit question one: Romney will definitely man up and have that “serious conversation” with America about entitlement reform when the time comes, right?

You’re kidding, aren’t you.

Exit question two: Does this mean, contra David Plouffe, that he really isn’t the, er, most conservative nominee since Goldwater?

That was one of the silliest trial balloon statements of the year.

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

He has political beliefs. If he was JUST an opportunist who would blow with the political wind, I’d be okay with it because it would mean he’d at least be reliable if the polling looked good for a particular conservative policy or position.

But his governing record in Massachusetts makes it pretty clear how he is going to act if he gets elected. The “flip flopper” meme is pretty silly – just call him what he really is.

Doomberg on April 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Romney seems like the exact opposite of Newt; whereas Newt says liberal-type stuff, he is pretty conservative when in power. Romney says whatever he thinks right-leaning voters want to hear but he was a big lib as Governor.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I tend to agree. Our side has to pick our battles. We need to win this election and stop Obama.

magicbeans on April 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Not according to the TrueCons – we can fight and win every single battle, no matter how big or small, like Rambo gunning through Vietnam. We can also have a candidate calling Obama a Kenyan anti-colonialist Marxist and woo independent voters. Yes, it is all possible.

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Simply craptastic.

rightConcept on April 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Sorry, as long as the loans are being repaid I’m not seeing the problem. Someone may not be making as much off the loans, but the principal is still being paid.

It really helps to understand how government guaranteed loans work. They are a private loan with a non-performing put option on the guarantor, which is the US Gov, which means that the underwriter has ZERO reason to make sure that the loans could be even theoretically repaid.

EvilCapitalist on April 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

No, he just provided voters with more evidence that he won’t do anything to rein in spending. Which is why he won’t beat Obama in November.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

If we really want to run on slash and burn austerity, why stop there? Why don’t we just have a candidate that runs on completely phasing out Social Security and Medicare for anyone under 25? Let’s see how well that platform polls in November since we’re now dealing in a theoretical world where smart politics doesn’t matter.

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Not according to the TrueCons – we can fight and win every single battle, no matter how big or small, like Rambo gunning through Vietnam. We can also have a candidate calling Obama a Kenyan anti-colonialist Marxist and woo independent voters. Yes, it is all possible.

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

It would be nice if we could fight and win a SINGLE battle for once. Something Pro-conservatism, not just replacing one liberal Democrat with a liberal Rino. Instead, it’s always “this is not the time to fight, we’ll fight the next battle though”.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

If we really want to run on slash and burn austerity, why stop there? Why don’t we just have a candidate that runs on completely phasing out Social Security and Medicare for anyone under 25? Let’s see how well that platform polls in November since we’re now dealing in a theoretical world where smart politics doesn’t matter.

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Maybe we should wait and see how it plays when we finish turning into Greece then. No point in fighting now. We might accidentally fix a problem for once and actually avoid completely bankrupting the country. Can’t have that.

Better to ignore the rising cesspool water and focus on winning increasingly pointless elections. Have to keep these Politicians employed, after all. That’s the important thing.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Yes, it would be helpful if we knew there was a solid core of policy/governing philosophy that would guide decisions and mark out goals with parameters to any compromises and lines in the sand beyond which a candidate would not go.

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

but, this is not a matter of the gov’t spending money. It is not adding to the deficit or debt as far as I can see to extend the low interest rate.
Monkeytoe on April 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Huh? Of course it adds to the debt. If market rate for a loan is 5% and the govt gives out the loan at 2%, that 3% difference is a cost to the taxpayer.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Exactly. Also, since the job market is so bad for college grads what happens when they can’t pay the loan back–seems to me the taxpayers end up paying it because the government has guaranteed it. Am I missing something??

KickandSwimMom on April 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Can we have Ann Romney back?

lea on April 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

.
She would tell you she stands by her man.

Ann is NOT an ABR.

FlaMurph on April 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

It would be nice if we could fight and win a SINGLE battle for once. Something Pro-conservatism, not just replacing one liberal Democrat with a liberal Rino. Instead, it’s always “this is not the time to fight, we’ll fight the next battle though”.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

People like you are so damn ignorant. Just because he has a somewhat moderate postion on this one issue the world is going to end he’s a liberal rhino, blah, blah, blah…You really want to see this country go full socialist? Take a hard line on every issue and watch it happen….

tpw on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

…I have three kids away at college…so…no comments from me! (:>)

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Next Romney will advocate raising the Minimum Wage, to help those poor young voters. And maybe he can talk about how bailing out the banks saved the economy. And he can embrace eternally subsidizing the Ethanol industry, for the good of the planet.

Or did he do that already?

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

This election is pointless.

eva3071 on April 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

:)

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

People like you are so damn ignorant. Just because he has a somewhat moderate postion on this one issue the world is going to end he’s a liberal rhino, blah, blah, blah…You really want to see this country go full socialist? Take a hard line on every issue and watch it happen….

tpw on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I bow to you sir. You have truly mastered the Art of the Invisible “/s”.

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Romney will do the same things Obama is doing, only he will be “nicer” about it.

eva3071 on April 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Big small government. Rmoney™

Bmore on April 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Tactically, in terms of the campaign and the election, this is a very good, strategic move.

Romney has taken a weapon that Obama meant to use against the GOP and Romney out of the political arena. Obama wanted to use this student loan interest rate issue to secure the votes of the younger portion of the electorate, not just for the Presidential election, but for the Democrats running to preserve their Senate seats as well. It was an issue that the Democrats wished to use to alienate younger voters from the GOP by forcing the GOP to raise those rates ahead of the election.

By embracing the extension of those rates, Romney has rendered it a non-issue. Now we’re back to forcing Obama to discuss his own miserable record, both in terms of domestic policy and foreign policy, when the two candidates meet in the debates.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Exactly. Also, since the job market is so bad for college grads what happens when they can’t pay the loan back–seems to me the taxpayers end up paying it because the government has guaranteed it. Am I missing something??

KickandSwimMom on April 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

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Your missing the fact that middle income- middle class college kids usually get screwed as always. The lower income students are going to get the assistance they have gotten their entire lives. Never a question there. The upper income student families usually have the means, or in a much better situation.

Its always the ones in the middle getting screwed. Super Mitt says his focus is going to be on the middle class- not that he doesn’t care about the lower and upper income groups. But he wants to fix the middle.

FlaMurph on April 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Here’s a great example of what I mean about lines in the sand. This is from a column by Richard Allen in 2007. He was present at this meeting with Reagan and his advisers in December 1979. John Sears was campaign manager at the time.

The topic of Reagan’s position on abortion was launched, with Sears intoning that the Reagan position would necessarily be one of support for “choice.”

I had often discussed the topic with Reagan in relaxed moments, and knew what his position was, at least since 1977. Reagan quickly said, “No, John..that ‘s not my position.” Sears reminded Reagan that, as governor of California, he had signed into law a measure that permitted abortion in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother. Reagan responded, “Yes, I know I did. But I have given a lot of thought since to the matter; it was a mistake and that law paved the way for abortion on demand. I now consider abortion to be murder.” Sears countered, “Well, Governor, that can be your private position, but for the purposes of this campaign, the theme will favor limited abortion.”

At that, Reagan flushed, took off his glasses and flung them across the conference table – a classic sign that he was at his maximum anger level—saying, “Listen, dammit, John…I am running for president and you are not! Got it?” End of discussion; he never looked back, never wavered in his conviction, knew that he would be flying in the face of increasing pro-abortion sentiment, and instructed us to make sure that his position ultimately became the plank of the party platform that year. In fact, it was only in large measure because George Bush agreed, at the very last minute, to embrace that plank and the Reagan economic program (both of which he had strenuously opposed in the primaries, calling Reagan’s economic plan “Voodoo economics”) that Bush received the nod to be Reagan’s running mate in 1980. Absent that wholehearted embrace of the two key points of the Reagan position, Bush would not have had a chance.

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

You really want to see this country go full socialist? Take a hard line on every issue and watch it happen…
tpw on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

We’re already there and “conservative politicians” haven’t taken a hard line to anything in recent memory. What’s Mitt going to do to turn it around?

CTSherman on April 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Was it a super strategic move to take Obamacare off the table as an issue too?

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Big small government. Rmoney™

Bmore on April 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Just my opinion..But Allah is right..Not a big enough bee hive to hit with a stick in an election year..:)

PS..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Mitch Rapp on April 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Great nom de plume. Jack Reacher is a comparative bum

bluealice on April 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Good article, thanks. :)

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Was it a super strategic move to take Obamacare off the table as an issue too?

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Romney was playing 11th dimensial chess, don’t ya know?

eva3071 on April 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Romney was playing 11th dimensial chess, don’t ya know?

eva3071 on April 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

He strikes me as more of Checkers-kind of fellow, actually. :)

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Buckshot Bill on April 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

You’re welcome!

While this issue may seem small, my question is, why and how does this fit in with an overall understanding of government? Is this pandering to get votes or is it seen as something temporary that is not part of Romney’s permanent understanding of government.

If the deadline is July 1, then Romney cannot do a thing about it. Why is he then going against House GOP who must actually come to a decision and take action?

As per usual it seems that he is trying to take the needle of an issue and carefully thread it with pandering.

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Thank you Ann Cult and the rest of the Hot Gas RINOs who berated the hell out of anyone who dared criticize this margarine fraud from Michigan, Mass., and France. Just keep telling us how clever he is to take issues away from Zero (and from us).

You Romtards are a disgrace. Here’s hoping you choke on the subsidies you can’t wait to get.

Western_Civ on April 23, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Chicka, chicka, chucka, chucka, shhhish, shish, shish…ah the sound of the old etch-a-sketch on overdrive just causes me to tremble.

Don L on April 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Also, what’s Rubio doing with him at a presser in PA? Is this veep-in-training campaigning?

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Hey, if Romney agrees with Obama on everything, he can perpetually undercut him. There will never be a hill to die on! And we’ll never have to worry about Democrats lying about us!

Dongemaharu on April 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Western_Civ on April 23, 2012 at 6:41 PM

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And your non-existent alternative ?

FlaMurph on April 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Romney has taken a weapon that Obama meant to use against the GOP and Romney out of the political arena.

Yeah, nice move Oromney. After he concedes to everything Obama wants to do, there won’t be a thing Obama can touch him with….groan.

Let’s see, say the voters, which liberal shall we vote for , the original or the imitation rich, white guy?

I just love quitting this opposition party…tomorrow’s primary day here in CT. I’m going fishing.

Don L on April 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

conservatives will turn out to vote for him against O in November anyway.

That’s a mighty big assumption. History has shown the GOP cannot win without conservatives being on board.
Just another step up on the hill that Mittness will die on.

AH_C on April 23, 2012 at 6:51 PM

now he’s going to do something for centrists and independents by daring Boehner to undercut him.

Hey Allah…

…How do you know he hasn’t already talked to Boehner?

IMO, this saves Boehner the headache, also.

Mitt gets to look centrist while moving the issue off the table. Boehner gets to look like the reluctant Speaker, who’s not going to undercut his parties nominee.

If Tea Partiers mount a resistant fight, it only makes Boehner and Romney look more pragmatic.

Smart move. Kill the news cycle before it begins.

Now Barry gets to talk about how he “kept your student loan interest rates low”, which doesn’t mean squat if you can’t pay them to begin with, while Mitt can talk about how wants you to pay off your student loan rates, with better employment opportunities.

budfox on April 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

PS..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

You know me, always looking for that last drip of honey. ; ) Good to be seen, good to see you. Missed ya at QOTD. Not the same without you.

Bmore on April 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Allah sure does enjoy rattling the cages of the paranoid ABR misfits. The question is this: Is it simply a cynical ploy to boost page hits? Or does he lack the understanding to know better than the zombie army of Romney haters who – despite their claims of being “Conservatives” – gleefully look forward to ObaMao’s re-election?

cicerone on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Get use to lots of “Heart-ache,” “Uh Oh,” & “Oh My,” between now an November.

redridinghood on April 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Bmore on April 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I was a very late nighter last night..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

So, anyone else worried besides me?

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I’m worried about the damage Romney will do. I’ve never worried about him being a “backslider”. He was already that.

rickv404 on April 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Hey, if Romney agrees with Obama on everything, he can perpetually undercut him. There will never be a hill to die on! And we’ll never have to worry about Democrats lying about us!

Dongemaharu on April 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Exactly, because by criticizing Romney they’ll be criticizing Obama and themselves. The only problem is that that is supposed to be what the Democrat primary is supposed to be about, not the general election.

FloatingRock on April 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Add it to the other reasons to stay home in November!

redware on April 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I was a very late nighter last night..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I saw that this a.m. Allah slung it up at 8:00. I was late getting over there myself. See you there this evening?

Bmore on April 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Yeah, this is smart politics for Romney, but that doesn’t make the situation more palatable. Obama and Co. are disgusting.

conservative pilgrim on April 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/20/democrats-spring-student-loan-trap-on-gop/

The Democratic Party is springing a five-year-old political trap that may help President Barack Obama win support from middle-class parents and young voters.

Their trap is the scheduled election-year doubling of interest rates on government-provided student loans.

The pre-planned doubling forces GOP politicians to either approve a Democratic measure that extends the low interest rates, or else face protest from millions of students and their middle-class parents.

Just like the Sandra Fluke trap, some “Tru Conservatives” are dumb enough to take the bait, screaming slut, whore and prostitute, and immediately put themselves and the GOP on the defensive. Romney side stepped that trap and defused the War on Women meme. He is now trying to side step this new trap. From the comments posted here, I guess there is still no cure for stupid.

galtani on April 23, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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